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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Carey (1829-1890)

Lawyer, journalist, poet.

Born at Quebec City in 1829, he studied law in Montreal and then took up journalism. He worked on the Montreal Transcript and later became editor of the Quebec Argus. Was active in Reform and Irish circles, and in 1872 headed west to become, the following year, protonotary of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg at a salary of 1,000 pounds per annum plus all fees collected up to 500 pounds, also combining the duties of librarian and interpreter. He was interpreter in the famous trial of Ambroise Lépine, but ran into grief over the nature of the role of the protonotary and was forced to resign in 1878.

He went into legal practice and became active in Catholic education, serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Catholic School Board. He published the first printed set of law reports in the Canadian west, Judgments in the Queen’s Bench, Manitoba, reported by Daniel Carey (1875). He served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba, from 1880 to 1883. He also composed a number of epic poems. He was a Liberal candidate in the 1883 provincial general election but was defeated by Conservative E. F. Gigot.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 January 1890.

See also:

Daniel Carey, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI, 151-2.


“Daniel Carey dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 January 1890, page 4.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 July 2017

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