George Simpson: Blaze of Glory

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Dundurn, Jan 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages

Born in Scotland and trained as a sugar broker in London, England, Sir George Simpson (1792-1860) was unexpectedly appointed in 1820 as governor of Rupert's Land and the Indian territories, an area encompassing all of Canada from Hudson Bay to the Pacific Ocean. By his friendliness of manner, strict discipline, and vigorous and constant travel, he brought peace and prosperity to the vast empire under his control.

Simpson's explorations opened Canada from Labrador to British Columbia and from Yukon to Nunavut. He was knighted in 1841, then travelled around the world, predicting the fall of California to the United States, saving the Hawaiians from colonial occupation, and describing the mysteries of remotest Siberia. Praised as the governor who "combined the widest range of authority and the longest tenure of power ever enjoyed by one man in North America," he stands with Sir John A. Macdonald as one of the greatest Makers of Canada.

 

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Contents

Authors Note
9
A Gentleman in Waiting
11
Search for Scottish Origins
19
This Youth Is Just Come from the Highlands
33
War in the Athabasca
47
Recall Your Memory to That Summer
69
A Spirit of Enterprize
89
Many Tender Ties
113
Nature Doing Every Thing Man Doing Nothing
169
By the Sweat of Their Brows
177
They Looked as If Actually Afloat
185
Riding with the Emperor
195
The Polite Old English Gentleman
213
Blaze of Glory
231
Chronology of George Simpson
237
Further Reading
247

The Strangest Man I Ever Knew
129
As If Awakened from a Dream
147
Everything Is in Extremes
159
Acknowledgements
253
Index
255
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About the author (2011)

D.T. Lahey is a retired Ontario teacher and department head of English. Lahey’s interest in genealogy led to research of Sir George Simpson’s origins, his wives, and his children. He has published articles breaking new ground in Simpson research in Families: The Journal of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and lives in Guelph, Ontario.