A former doctor, surgeon, and Canadian Senator is being remembered in Stratford.
Heritage Stratford will recognize the Honorable Dr. James Palmer Rankin with a Blue Plaque presentation at his former home at 198 Church Street on Tuesday afternoon.
Rankin lived in the city for 53 years and moved here in 1880, beginning as a physician and surgeon for around 20 years before later going into politics and serving as MP for the region twice and ultimately as a Senator.
Heritage Stratford member Cambria Ravenhill says Rankin was an important member of the community.
“Most of the physicians and surgeons, they practiced out of their homes, so if somebody was hurt at the shops or on a construction site they were rushed to the surgeon’s home and they were cared for right there.”
The Blue Plaque Program celebrates the links between notable figures of the past and the buildings where they lived or worked.