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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Charles Denison (1846-1896)


Born at Toronto, Ontario in 1846, cousin of Edwin Oliver Denison, he was educated at Upper Canada College and called to the bar in 1870. Active in the militia, he was appointed orderly officer to Colonel Wolseley in 1869, and he accompanied the invading party to Manitoba the following spring. He remained in Manitoba as aide-de-camp to Lieutenant-Governor Adams Archibald in 1870-1871, becoming friends with John Christian Schultz in the process. He returned to Toronto to practise law, and in 1884 was appointed commander of the Canadian boatmen who were being recruited for the Sudan. He served in the Sudan in 1884-1885 and achieved some reputation as a hero. In 1887 he ran for Parliament.

See also:

Frederick Charles Denison, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 243-46.


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

We thank E. James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2020

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