Ebenezer Perry


1788 – 1876


Who was Ebenezer Perry?

Ebenezer Perry was a merchant and Canadian political figure. He was a Conservative member of the Senate of Canada from 1871 until his death and at the age of 83, the oldest person ever summoned to the Senate.

He was born in Ernestown, Upper Canada in 1788. His father Robert Perry was a United Empire Loyalist from Vermont who had served with the Queen's Rangers and Edward Jessup's Loyal Rangers during the American Revolution. The family settled in Township No. 2, later Ernestown. Ebenezer served in the militia during the War of 1812 and moved to Cobourg in 1815. He built a grist mill there, later known as Pratt's Mill or just "The Mill", and still preserved as a heritage building. He built the regency styled Woodlawn in 1835, which is located at 420 Division Street. The building survives and today is a successful hotel and restaurant known as The Woodlawn Inn. www.woodlawninn.com. Mr. Perry played a central role in numerous town projects. One of the major investors in the Cobourg harbour Commission, Mr. Perry was also a contributor to the stock company which designed and operated a town steamboat and a director of the Cobourg Railway Company. While living at The Woodlawn, Mr. Perry actively lobbied for the incorporation of the Town of Cobourg and served as the first president of the town’s board of police. He was also a member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada, serving from 1855 until Confederation.

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Sep 29, 1788
  • Canada
May 1, 1876

on July 23, 2013


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