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Memorable Manitobans: André Nault (1830-1924)

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André Nault
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Born at Point Douglas on 20 April 1830, son of Annable Nault and Josepha Lagimodiere (daughter of J. B. Lagimodiere), although not a Métis he commanded the Métis who captured Upper Fort Garry in 1870, and also commanded the firing squad for Thomas Scott. He escaped to the United States and returned to Manitoba in 1873. Arrested for the murder of Scott, he was released after a trial in 1874 resulted in a hung jury. He died at his home in Fort Garry on 17 December 1924 and was buried in the Fort Garry Roman Catholic Cemetery. He was survived by two daughters and six sons, including Napoleon Nault. There are scattered but extensive papers at the Archives of Manitoba.

Sources:

“Andre Nault is dead; Fort Garry mourns,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 December 1924, page 1. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Andre Nault, aged pioneer, buried today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 December 1924, page 1.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 September 2015

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