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Thursday, April 16, 2009

John Graves Simcoe

John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806) was a pupil of Exeter Free Grammar School in his youth, before going on to greater things as the first Lieutenant Governor of upper Canada, after serving as a daring officer in the British army commanding the Queen's Rangers during the American War of Independence.

John Graves Simcoe

After the end of the war in America, Simcoe was instrumental in the founding of York (now Toronto) and the ending of slavery in the Canadian territories.

Simcoe died in Exeter and is buried in Wolford Chapel, Honiton.

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