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Memorable Manitobans: Éphrem-A. Brisebois (1850-1890)

Police officer, politician.

Born in Canada, he joined the Union army in 1865 and then fought with the Quebec volunteers of the Papal Zouaves in Italy. In 1873 he was appointed one of nine commanding officers of the North West Mounted Police. After training his division, he was promoted to inspector and was sent to Alberta, where he helped build Fort Macleod and then Fort Brisebois. He was not a popular commander, and he resigned from the force in 1876. He became active in Conservative politics in Quebec, and in 1880 he was appointed land titles registrar of the Little Saskatchewan District, based in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Here he was more successful, and in 1885 he was locally active against the North-West Rebellion.

He died unemployed in Winnipeg.

More information:

Éphrem-A. Brisebois, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 1 February 2008

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