Nelson, Robert


Nelson, Robert
(1794-1873)
   Born in Montreal. Practised as a surveyor; and in 1812 served during the War. In 1827 elected with Louis J. Papineau to the Assembly as member for Montreal. In 1838, while residing in the United States, organized a force of 600 filibusters, and invaded Canada, making his headquarters at Napierville, and as president of a provisional government proclaimed a Canadian republic. The insurgents were defeated at Lacolle and Odelltown, and Nelson fled to the United States. In 1862-1873 practised as a surgeon in New York.
   Index: P Leads outbreak at Lacolle and Odelltown in 1838, 139-140.
   Bib.: Morgan, Cel. Can.; Christie, History of Lower Canada.

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