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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas English (1846-1916)

Police officer.

Born in London Township, Upper Canada, he worked as a police officer in Ontario before joining the Winnipeg police force in 1882, becoming sergeant a year later. In 1886 he refused to testify in an investigation over police corruption involving bawdy houses and was dismissed by the police commissioners. He became a city licence inspector until he was appointed Calgary police chief in 1891, serving until 1909. He died in Vancouver.

More information:

Thomas English, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIV, 343-44.


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

Page revised: 7 March 2008

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