Hon. Thomas Bunn (1830 - 1875)

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Birthplace: Red River Settlement, MB, Canada
Death: Died in St Clements, MB, Canada
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About Hon. Thomas Bunn

Baptized 16 May 1830, Red River Settlement; 1st marriage 16 March 1854, St. Paul’s/Middlechurch; 2d marriage 30 March 1859, St. Andrew’s; living at Mapleton as of 1861; recorded on Lot 97 in St. Clements Parish/East Mapleton 1870 [link to "Bunn House," (a.k.a. 'Victoria Cottage), Parks Canada, photos and description]; called to the Manitoba Bar in June 1871; died 11 April 1875, St. Clements.

November 6, 1869: Elected as the delegate representing St. Clements parish, to serve on Louis Riel's convention of Metis representatives. Assistant Secretary of State in Riel's Provisional Government. BUNN recognized the need for a peaceful and united front in order to negotiate terms for a union with Canada. He tried indeed to pursue an intermediate position and the strains were sometimes great. By accepting RIEL’s policy, BUNN, in a sense, made himself RIEL’s English half-breed lieutenant, despite the fact that there was no bond between the men.

RIEL had reached the pinnacle of his hopes and ambitions, and he could afford a gesture of generosity – he promised to release all the prisoners held at Upper Fort Garry; on June 24 the Provisional Government accepted the terms of the Manitoba Act; and on July 15,1870 Manitoba became the fifth province of Canada, the Canadian Government having acquired the territory previously governed by the HBC.

On Dec 30, 1870 St Clements returned BUNN as its first member to the provincial Legislative Assembly.

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Hon. Thomas Bunn's Timeline

1830
May 16, 1830
Red River Settlement, MB, Canada
1855
August 26, 1855
Age 25
Red River Settlement, MB, Canada
1857
March 15, 1857
Age 26
1862
1862
Age 31
1868
1868
Age 37
1870
1870
Age 39
1874
1874
Age 43
1875
April 11, 1875
Age 44
St Clements, MB, Canada
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