Person:Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1)

Prince Edward , Duke of Kent and Strathearn
b.2 Nov 1767
d.23 Jan 1820
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Name Prince Edward , Duke of Kent and Strathearn
Gender Male
Birth[1] 2 Nov 1767
Death[1] 23 Jan 1820
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The Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (Edward Augustus; 2 November 1767 – 23 January 1820) was the fourth son of King George III of the United Kingdom and the father of Queen Victoria.

Prince Edward was created Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Earl of Dublin on 23 April 1799[1] and, a few weeks later, appointed a General and commander-in-chief of British forces in North America,[2] On 23 March 1802 he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar and nominally retained that post until his death. The Duke of Kent was appointed Field-Marshal of the Forces on 3 September 1805.

He was the first member of the royal family to live in North America for more than a short visit (1791–1800) and, in 1794, the first prince to enter the United States (travelling to Boston by foot from Lower Canada) after independence.

On June 27, 1792, Edward is credited with the first use of the term "Canadian" to mean both French and English settlers in Upper and Lower Canada. The Prince used the term in an effort to quell a riot between the two groups at a polling station in Charlesbourg, Lower Canada. Recently he has been styled the "Father of the Canadian Crown" for his impact on the development of Canada.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.