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LORIMIER, Mary-Thomas Chevalier de, lawyer, born in Montreal in 1805; died there, 15 February, 1839. He was educated for the law, and took a prominent part in the struggle between the Canadian and the British government. He was principally instrumental in procuring the election of Tracey for the west quarter of Montreal, and still more active, in the general election of 1834, in favor of the candidate that supported "the ninety-two resolutions." He was secretary of almost all the assemblies that preceded the insurrection, and of the central committee charged with watching over the formation of the county committees. In the conflict between the Doric club and the Sons of Liberty he was seriously wounded. When warrants of arrest were issued, he set out for the county of Deux-Montagnes in 1837, and placed himself under the revolutionary chief, Chenier. He took part in the affair at Saint-Eustache on 14 September ; but afterward, seeing that resistance was useless, advised Chenier to lay down his arms. As the latter refused, Lorimier crossed into the United States. He was one of the leaders of the expedition of 28 February. 1838, and after its failure returned to Plattsburg, and devoted his energies to the organization of the insurrectionary movement of November, 1838. He took part in the capture of the "Brougham," at Beauharnois, on 3 November, and passed several days in Camp Baker, where the Canadian patriots received orders to concentrate in Napierville. After the defeat of Nelson at Odell-town, he set out for the United States, but lost his way when near the frontier, and was arrested, with seven of his companions, on 12 November He was taken to Montreal, tried by court-martial, found guilty of high treason, and hanged. Money was raised for his wife and children, in Canada, in 1883.
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