Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2007

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Gabriel Dumont


Dumont, Gabriel (1838-1906), rebel, was born in Assiniboia in 1838, the son of Isidore Dumont and Louise Laframboise, both half-breeds. He took no part in the North west rebellion of 1870; but he was adjutant-general of the rebel forces in the rebellion of 1885.After the battle of Batoche, he escaped to the United States, and lived there for a number of years. He died at Batoche, Saskatchewan, on May 19, 1906. He married Magdeleine Welkey, a Scottish half-breed, but he had no children. See A. Ouimet, La vérité sur la question métisse: Biographie et récit de Gabriel Dumont (Montreal, 1889), and A. G. Morice, Dictionnaire historique des canadiens de l'ouest (Quebec, 1908).

[On Dumont, see his biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. George Woodcock has written a popular biography of the Metis leader. A brief summary of it is found at the Canadian Encyclopedia.]

Source: W. Stewart WALLACE, The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 245.

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