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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Cavalier (1818-1891)

Civil servant.

Born in Ohio, he was the first “white settler” in Dakota Territory. Cavalier was appointed territorial librarian in 1848, then Pembina customs officer. He moved to Pembina in 1851. He was postmaster in Pembina in 1869-70, when he served as correspondent to the St. Paul newspapers about the Red River Rebellion.

Cavalier, North Dakota, is named for him.

Sources:

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

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