Who is George Hamilton?

George Hamilton Tombstone

With George Hamilton Day coming up on August 4, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about Hamilton’s founder, George Hamilton:

  • George Hamilton was born in October 1788 in Queenston Heights, Ontario
  • He was a Canadian merchant and politician
  • He served during the War of 1812
  • In January 1815, he bought the Durand Farm, which became the first section of Hamilton
  • He constructed the design of the town, and is said to have shaped it to benefit his private fortunes
  • He died on February 20, 1836 and though his tombstone is in Hamilton Cemetery, his body is buried in the family plot in Mountainside Park in Burlington, Ontario

This is incorrect. He was, originally, laid-to-rest in his family burial ground near the hair-pin turn in Hamilton, but all the remains - including those of George Hamilton himself - were removed to Hamilton Cemetery, Section Z1, Lot 431. He is, indeed, buried in the lot marked by the above stone.

We learn something new every day! Thanks for the correction Elizabeth.

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