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William Lyon Mackenzie William Lyon Mackenzies life can best be understood if man and legend are separated William was born on March 12 1795 in Scotland Three weeks after his birth his father Daniel supposedly died but no record of his death has ever been found William and his mother were said to gone through great hardship having to move off of Daniels land After moving to Dundee William who went by the names Willie or Lyon entered the Dundee Parish School at the age of five with the help of a bursary At fifteen he was the youngest member of the commercial newsroom of the local newspaper He also belonged to a scientific society where he met Edward Lesslie and his son James These two would be Williams patrons throughout most of his life In 1820 William sailed to Canada with John another son of Edward Lesslie Mackenzie was immediately impressed with Upper Canada Before the end of the year Mackenzie was writing for the York Observer under the name of Mercator In 1824 Mackenzie started his most famous newspaper the Colonial Advocate The first edition appeared on May 18 1824 The sole purpose of this paper was to sway the opinions of the voters in the next election On June 8 1826 a group of fifteen young well connected Tories disguised themselves as Indians and broke into Mackenzies York office in broad daylight They smashed his printing press then threw it into the bay The Tories did nothing to compensate him so it was clear that they were involved Mackenzie ntook them to court and seeing that their disguise had been seen through they offered Mackenzie 200 He refused and after a bitter trial the court awarded him 625 In March of 1829 Mackenzie went to the United States to buy books for resale and to study the actions of the newly appointed Andrew Jackson He compared
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