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Dr. John Beattie Crozier

Dr. John Beattie Crozier

Male 1849 - 1921  (71 years)

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  • Name John Beattie Crozier 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 23 Apr 1849  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of Scotland 
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Medical Student 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    U. Presbyterian 
    Died 8 Jan 1921 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 28-30 Colborne St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Crozier,JohnBeattie-0001-homeinGalt.jpg
    Crozier,JohnBeattie-0001-homeinGalt.jpg
    28 Colborne St., Cambridge, Ontario

    Thomas Crozier, a stone mason who built a long stone cottage on Colborne Street, Galt
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-130578 
    Buried Kensall Rise Cemetery, West London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I130578  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2021 

    Father John Crozier,   b. 1803, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1861  (Age < 57 years) 
    Mother Agnes Beattie,   b. 1807, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1887, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F32199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Augusta Anderson,   d. Dec 1918 
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F53349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Beattie Crozier
    John Beattie Crozier
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame
    Dr. Crozier
    Dr. Crozier
    Galt Collegiate Institute Semi-Centennial and Tassie Old Boys' Re-Union 1902

  • Notes 
    • Dr. John Beattie Crozier born in Galt 23 Apr 1849. Obtained a scholarship to Galt Collegiate Institute where he because head boy. Attended University of Toronto returned to Galt due to depression and returned 4 years later. He saw medicine as a means to an end. He saw in his own mind his life's true work to study the problems of human existence hoping to better mankind. He moved to England where he published "The Religion of the Furture", "Civilsation and Progress", and "History of Intellectual Development" In addition he wrote "My Inner Life" and "Last Words on Great Issues" he died in 1921 in England.


      Cambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      "Mr. John Beattie Crozier has risen by his talents to be an M. B., L. R. C. P., practising in London, England, where two pamphlets written by him, entitled " God or Force, " and " Considerations on the Constitution of the World, " have attracted considerable attention in philosophic circles"


      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young

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      John Beattie Crozier, a British philosopher, whose 1885 book Civilization and Progress reached a fourth edition and was translated into Japanese, was a native of Galt. He was one of the many natives of Waterloo County who achieved their fame in other parts of the world.

      His father, Thomas Crozier, a stone mason who built a long stone cottage on Colborne Street, Galt, and his mother, were natives of Liddlesdale, Scotland.

      Dr. Crozier attended Dr. Tassie's School. He graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1872 and practiced in London, England.

      In addition to Civilization and Progress he also wrote The Religion of the Future, Intellectual Development, My Inner Life (an autobiography), The Wheel of Wealth, Sociology Applied to Practical Politics and Last Words on Great Issues. He died in London, England.

      The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      He is buried in Kensall Rise Cemetery (grave ref 46230) in West London, UK alongside his wife Katherine Augusta (nee Anderson) who died in December 1918. They married 18 February 1878 at St Marylebone Parish Church, West London and had three children (Gladys b.1878, Percy Beattie b.1880 and Constance b.1883).


      Colin Perry email 2016

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      Dr. J. B. Crozier


      DR. JOHN BEATTIE CROZIER (born at Galt, Canada, on April 23, 1849; died in London on January 8) was a thinker who knew how to combine philosophic breadth with scientific substance. His first master in speculative thought was Herbert Spencer, but he soon began to deviate from what he took to be the materialistic outcome of Spencer's psychology. The fault he found was that Spencer, in investigating mind, failed to view it adequately except from the objective side, as correlated with the brain and nervous system. This correlation itself Crozier accepted in the most thoroughgoing way; but, as the body is an organic unity, so also, he held, must the mind be unitary; and, by introspection, he found a "scale in the mind," not unlike that of the Platonic psychology, though it was for him an independent discovery. In this scale, truth, beauty, and love are at the top; such feelings as honour, ambition, and self-respect in the middle; and such qualities as greed and, in general, animal appetite at the bottom. This led Crozier to a metaphysical doctrine (though he was inclined to repudiate the term metaphysics) according to which the higher attributes of mind are superior not only in quality, but also, correspondingly, in ultimate strength.

      Dr. J. B. Crozier : Abstract : Nature. (2017). Nature.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017, from https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v106/n2674/abs/106700a0.html

  • Sources 
    1. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 17.

    2. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 64.

    3. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 1 Page 3.

    4. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1849 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church of Scotland - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Medical Student - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Kensall Rise Cemetery, West London, England Link to Google Earth
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