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On Sunday, June 28, 1970, at 2 p.m., a provincial plaque was unveiled to commemorate Stephen Butler Leacock, the distinguished author and humorist, at St. George's Church in Georgina Township on Lake Simcoe. Leacock is buried in the churchyard.

The plaque was unveiled by, among others, Leacock’s son, Stephen L. Leacock.

There is another provincial plaque commemorating Leacock’s birthplace in Swanmore, Hampshire, England.


This internationally-known Canadian author and humorist was born here December 30, 1869, and, at the age of six, emigrated with his family to Ontario. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 1891, he taught at Upper Canada College and, in 1901, began lecturing in political science at McGill University, heading that department, 1908-1936. Though Leacock wrote extensively on political science, economics, and history, he achieved his greatest distinction as a humorist. Some of his best work, essentially Canadian in character and spirit, may be found in "Literary Lapses," "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" and "Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich." Leacock's many humorous books, in English and in translation, have won world-wide recognition.

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