Eliza Grimason & the Grimason House

1860
From oil painting by F. A. Pratt, reprinted in Lena Newman, The John A. Macdonald Album, Tundra Books, 1974Pinterest
From oil painting by F. A. Pratt, reprinted in Lena Newman, The John A. Macdonald Album, Tundra Books, 1974

John A.'s closest female companion in Kingston is Eliza Grimason. She and husband Henry first rent, then buy Grimason House (now the Royal Tavern) from John A. in the early 1860s. According to historian E.E. Horsey: "Here on election nights 'open house' was kept for all the faithful, as the landlady was one of John A.'s most ardent supporters." As Eliza herself put it: "There's not a man like him in the livin' earth."