The Orangeman: The Life & Times of Ogle Gowan

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James Lorimer & Company, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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Ogle Gowan - the Irish upstart who turned Ontario Orange - was a self-seeking, treacherous scoundrel who brought his tattered reputation to the raw frontier of Upper Canada, and built the powerful Protestant machine that shaped Canadian history for more than one hundred years.

Ogle Gowan was a bastard, a bigot and a brawler, yet his silver-tongued oratory and ruthless political skills made him more than a match for his enemies. Whether crossing swords with the fiery William Lyon Mackenzie or pub-crawling with the young John A. Macdonald he remained, always, slightly larger than life.

Don Akenson draws on his talents as both an historian and a novelist to bring the brutal politics of nineteenth-century Ireland and Canada to unforgettable life. In The Orangeman he gives us an extraordinary portrait of a political parvenu whose behaviour was a scandal in his own time, and who left an indelible mark on Canadian history.
 

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Contents

The Great Rising 1798
21
Learning the Language of Life 18031823
36
Folds in Fortune 18231824
50
Family Pride 18261829
90
MINING A NEW LAND
105
Becoming an Immigrant Leader 18311833 223
123
A Real Winner 18331835 246
146
Local Hero 18351836 272
172
Loyalism Incarnate 18361838 256
187
The Brass Ring 18381841
209
A Certain Bluff Humanity 18411844
226
The Black Flag 18481852
252
Big City 18521856
271
Recessional 18561876
286
The Gowan Legacy
311
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DONALD AKENSON is professor of history at Queen\s University a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and one of this country\'s foremost writers on Irish history. His many books include The Irish in Ontario winner of the Chalmers Award. '

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