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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Gale (1783-1865)


Born in Florida, he moved to Canada with his Loyalist parents, and was called to the bar on 8 March 1807. Gale became Lord Selkirk’s Canadian lawyer in 1815 and accompanied Selkirk west in 1817. In 1818 and 1819 he helped manage the many trials in the Canadas that resulted from the fur-trade wars. He published Notices on the Claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Conduct of Its Adversaries (1817) and was rumoured to be involved in other writings that defended Selkirk’s name. He became a judge of the Court of King’s Bench in Montreal in 1834 and survived pressures for his dismissal in 1835. During the Rebellion of 1837 he suspended habeas corpus.

More information:

Samuel Gale, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IX, 296-97.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 9 March 2008

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