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Thomas Scott
Thomas Scott (February 16 1841February 11 1915) was a Canadianmarker military figure, Manitobamarker Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament and Mayor of Winnipeg in the 19th century.

Scott was born in Lanark County, Ontario in what was then Upper Canada to Irish immigrant parents. He was the youngest of four children. His father died when he was an infant, and the family moved to Perth, Ontariomarker where Scott attended school and then apprenticed as a printer. He founded the Perth Expositor newspaper in 1861 and was its editor and proprietor until 1872.

In 1860, Scott signed up for military service during the Trent Affair. He was in command of the Perth Infantry and served for five months on the frontier during the Fenian Raids crisis on 1866. During the Red River Expedition of 1870, Scott – by this time a colonel – was in command of the Ontario Rifles which arrived at Fort Garrymarker following Louis Riel's escape. He returned to Ontario in December 1870 but was sent again to Fort Garry in 1871 as part of the Second Red River Expedition. In 1874, he retired from military service but remained in Manitobamarker where he entered politics and was elected to Winnipegmarker's first city council; he became mayor in 1877. In 1878 he was elected to the Manitoba legislature from the district of Winnipeg and in 1880 he defeated incumbent Donald A. Smith to become the Conservative MP for Selkirk. He was re-elected in the 1882 federal election in the new riding of Winnipeg.

Scott returned to military service in 1885, while still an MP, after the Minister of the Militia Sir Adolphe-Philippe Caron asked Scott to raise a regiment to put down the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Smith raised and equipped the Ninety-fifth Manitoba Grenadiers in thirteen days.

Scott retired from politics in 1887 and became collector of customs at the port of Winnipeg.

References

  1. Bryce, George, A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People, The Canadian History Company, 1906, published online by the Manitoba Historical Society, retrieved May 11, 2008


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