William Lyon Mackenzie Biography

Publisher, Journalist (1795–1861)
William Lyon Mackenzie was a journalist and political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Canadian government in 1837.


Born on March 12, 1795, in Dundee, Scotland, William Lyon Mackenzie immigrated to Canada in 1820 and founded a political newspaper, the Colonial Advocate, in which he criticized the ruling oligarchy. He later founded a more radical paper, the Constitution, in which he supported ideas of Jacksonian democracy. In 1837, Mackenzie and 800 followers tried to seize the governor and set up a provisional government, but the effort resulted in failure.

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