Dr. Solomon Everest (1760-1822) is known as the “father of Canton” because he was first to sign the petition to the legislature to make Canton a separate town.
He served as a surgeon in the Revolution. A well respected physician in Canton for many years, he also represented the town in the General Assembly and at the state constitutional convention of 1818.
He lived in a Georgian colonial home at the corner of Lawton Road and Albany Turnpike, now the site of the UConn Health facility. UConn Health recently dedicated a plaque in Dr. Everest’s honor. Dr. Everest is buried in the Baptist Cemetery on Canton Springs Road.
“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past. Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.