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George Brown

(1818—1880) politician and journalist in Canada


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(1818–80). Born at Alloa, Scotland, and Edinburgh-educated, Brown was much influenced by his father, a strong Whig and evangelical Presbyterian. In 1837 they emigrated to the United States and eventually Toronto, founding in 1843 theBanner, a Presbyterian weekly supporting Free Kirk principles and political reform. On 5 March 1844, with £250, Brown founded theGlobe, which would become his enduring monument. Its vigorous critical editorials and broad news coverage made it the most important paper in British North America, read by supporters and detractors alike. By 1851 Brown successfully ran for parliament on the Reform ticket his paper so enthusiastically endorsed.

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From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.


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