John Graves Simcoe 1752 – 1806. The first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, present day Ontario, John Graves Simcoe was Born in Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, and attended Exeter Free Grammar School in his early youth. He entered the Army in 1770 and commanded a regiment in the American revolution. During his active administration of Upper Canada, 1791-96, Simcoe laid the foundation for the province’s orderly growth and development. He died in a house on this site and is buried at Wolford Chapel, Dunkerswell, near Honiton. Erected with the assistance of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, Ontario and Canada.
John Graves Simcoe (February 25, 1752 – October 26, 1806) was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791–1796. Then frontier, this was modern-day southern Ontario and the watersheds of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior His bicameral Legislature founded York (now Toronto) and was instrumental in introducing institutions such as the courts, trial by jury, English common law, freehold land tenure, and the abolition of slavery. Slavery was ended in Upper Canada long before it was abolished in the British Empire as a whole; by 1810, there were no slaves in Upper Canada, but the Crown did not abolish slavery throughout the Empire until 1834.