Lawrence, Sheridan National Historic Person

Peace River, Alberta
Address : Peace River, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1954-06-07
Life Date: 1870 to 1952

Other Name(s):
  • Sheridan Lawrence  (Designation Name)
  • Emperor of the Peace  (Plaque name)

Importance: This designation has been identified for review


Existing plaque:  9709 98 Avenue, Peace River, Alberta

Born at South Stukeley, Quebec, Lawrence came with his father to Fort Vermilion, N.W.T., in 1886. Merchant, freighter and farmer, he took an active role in nearly every aspect of life in the region, gaining a reputation as friend of the Indian, road builder, magistrate, and patron of education. Epitomizing the strength, enterprise, and versatility of the best pioneer tradition, he was known as the "Emperor of the Peace". Together with his wife and their fifteen children he helped to push the frontier of agriculture and community life hundreds of miles northward. He died at Peace River, Alberta. *Note: This designation has been identified for review. A review can be triggered for one of the following reasons - outdated language or terminology, absence of a significant layer of history, factual errors, controversial beliefs and behaviour, or significant new knowledge.