Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

MHS Multicultural Dinner 2019
2019
Multicultural
Dinner

Spring Field Trip 2019
MHS
Spring
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Ambroise Didyme Lépine (1840-1923)

Métis leader.

Born at St. Vital on 18 March 1840, he was the son of a French-Canadian father and a Métisse, brother of Jean-Baptiste Lépine and Maxime Lépine. From the beginning of the Red River Rebellion, he was Louis Riel’s military lieutenant and chief enforcer. He led the armed party that ordered Governor McDougall out of the settlement in October 1869. He was prominent in the surrenders of the Schultz party in December 1869 and of the Boulton party in February 1870. His appearance in 1870 was described by Roderick MacBeth as “a man of magnificent physique, standing fully six feet three and built in splendid proportion, straight as an arrow, with hair of raven blackness, large aquiline nose and eyes of piercing brilliance; a man of prodigious strength, a skilled roughrider. ...” Lépine was subsequently arrested and tried for the murder of Thomas Scott in 1874. Found guilty by a jury, he was granted an amnesty by the Governor-General of Canada with the provision that he lose his civil rights. He later lived at Forget, Saskatchewan until a few months before his death, which occurred at the St. Boniface General Hospital on 8 June 1923. He was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery and his pallbearers were Rodmond Roblin, Aime Benard, L. A. Prudhomme, Joseph Bernier, Albert Prefontaine, Horace Chevrier, A. J. H. Dubuc, and Roger Goulet. He is commemorated by Lepine Avenue in Winnipeg and a plaque near the Upper Fort Garry Gate.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ambroise-Didyme Lépine Plaques (Upper Fort Garry, Winnipeg)

“The Trial of Ambroise Lépine: Murder, Politics, and the Public Memory,” by J. M. Bumsted, The Beaver, 77, no. 2 (April-May, 1997): pages 9-19.

Sources:

“Ambrose Lepine, leader in Riel Rebellion, dies,” Manitoba Free Press Bulletin, 9 June 1923. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“Riel’s general buried Tuesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1923, page 2.

“Riel’s chief of staff buried in St. Boniface,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 June 1923, page 5.

“The late Ambroise Lepine,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 June 1923, page 16.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 March 2019

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.