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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Thomas (c1766-1828)

Fur trader.

Born in Wales around 1766, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company as a surgeon in 1789 and became master of Severn House from 1796 until 1810, when he became superintendent of the Southern Department. In 1814 he became governor of the Northern Department and in 1815 a councillor of Assiniboia. He refused to succeed Robert Semple in 1817 as temporary governor-in-chief of Red River. He retired to Red River in 1819 and was again appointed to the Council of Assiniboia in 1822. Both Colin Robertson and George Simpson regarded him as timid and weak. He died at the Red River Settlement in 1828.

See also:

Thomas Thomas, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VI, 767-68.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2017

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