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Birth of John Graves Simcoe - Feb 25, 1752
John Graves Simcoe was born at Cotterstock, England. As lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, Simcoe proposed the Act to Limit Slavery in 1793. Adopted the same year, the Act was the first piece of legislation in the British colonies to restrict the institution of slavery and the slave trade. Structured as it was, the Act set the course for the gradual abolition of slavery.