Born at Beamsville and educated at Victoria College and University of Toronto, Locke taught at Toronto, Chicago and Harvard Universities and was Dean of Education at Chicago and at MacDonald College before becoming Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Libraries. In that position, he transformed a small institution into one of the most respected library systems on the continent. Sometime President of the American Library Association, one of the founders of the Arts & Letters Club, he was a gifted speaker and the author of books and articles on literary, historical and professional themes. He died in Toronto.

Note: this bronze plaque was erected in 1948 by the Government of Canada on the former Clinton Township Hall built in 1851. Currently, in 1997, it resides on the wall of the Lincoln Public Library. The transcription was provided by Veronica Reisen.

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