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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Whitford (1819-1911)

Farmer.

He was born in the Red River Settlement in 1819, and for many years was employed in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He was married and had six children. Around 1851 with a party led by the Reverend William Cochrane he moved to Portage la Prairie, where a self-governing colony, to be independent of the rule of the Council of Assiniboia, was formed. This new colony, called the Republic of Manitobah, was governed by a council selected by the people, consisting of a police magistrate and four minor magistrates, of which Mr. Whitford was one. Early in the 1860s, he and his young family moved to the Upper Saskatchewan valley, where he founded the settlement of Victoria in the Province of Alberta. He died at Edwand, Alberta in November 1911.

Sources:

“Historic figure passes,” Winnipeg Telegram 1 December 1911. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

We thank Russell Whitford for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2017

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