Early Nova Scotians:
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- Waldo, Samuel (1695-1759):
- Waldo was part of the New England forces of 1745 which took Fortress Louisbourg; he was second in command to Pepperrell. (More)
- Wallace, Charles Wentworth (1800-65):
- Son of Michael Wallace (next following). He was educated, as it seems most all of the elite of the province were, at King's College, Windsor. He was sent to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medicine. In 1824 he was admitted to the Royal Collage of Surgeons. In 1827, Charles was appointed the health officer for the port of Halifax. He remained in his position as port officer until 1831 when he replaced his father, his father having died, as the treasurer of Nova Scotia. In 1835 he married Abigail Allison. Scandal drove Charles Wallace out of office, c. 1860-1. He and his wife moved to California, a place where Charles lived out the balance of his years.
- Wallace, Michael (1744-1831):
- Wallace was a prominent merchant at Halifax. He represented Halifax in the legislature for many years and in 1803 was appointed to Council. In as his later years, as the Provincial Treasurer, and, in the absence of the Governor, Wallace was to be at the head of the government. He resided on Hollis Street, just opposite the governor's mansion. Wallace died October 8th, 1831 and was buried in St. Paul's Cemetery.
- Wallis, Sir Provo William Parry (1791-1892):
- Wallis was born in Halifax. During the 19th century, Wallis' career in the British Navy led to the highest level, Admiral of the Fleet. His notoriety stems back to the time that he was a young lieutenant when he served under Broke on the Shannon. He was with them both, when, on June 1st, 1813, the USS Chesapeake was captured off of Boston. For a description of that event which includes a brief biographical note on Wallis, see The Shannon and the Chesapeake.
- Warburton, George (1816-57):
- Warburton, an army officer, was born in Ireland. He was stationed at Montreal from Sep 4, 1844 to Jul '45 and from Dec 19th, '45 to Mar 1st, '47. That knowledge of George Warburton comes down to us is a credit to his brother, Eliot (1810-52). Eliot, a lawyer by training, made a living as a travel writer. (DCB.) Eliot, an acquaintance of de Tocqueville, must have convinced his brother George that if he wrote of his travels he, Eliot, would see it through the press. Eliot, himself, got off on his own adventures; and, indeed, was lost off the coasts of South America "sailing to Panama ... lost in the Amazon." (Chambers.) It is George, however, in which we, as admirers of early Canadian history, have the most interest: Hochelaga was to become staple reading material for a generation of travellers to Canada. Warburton's two historical works are Hochelaga and The Conquest of Canada (1534-1760).
- Warren, Admiral, Sir John Borlase (1753-1822):
- Commander-in-chief for the British Navy of the North American and West Indian Stations during the years 1807-1810, then again in 1812.
- Warren, Peter, Sir (1703-1752):
- The English naval officer who commanded the naval forces in the colonial attack on Louisbourg in 1745. (More)
- Washington, George (1732-99)
- Father of the United States and its first president. (More)
- Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of ... (1769-1852)
- Wellington, "The Iron Duke" led the first small British force into Europe; and, eventually beat the french forces under Napoleon. (More)
- Wentworth, John (1737-1820):
- Coming from a family that had great influence, both in England and in the colonies, Wentworth was, first, the governor of New Hampshire, then after, the governor of Nova Scotia. He had a great impact on his times, an impact which is to be remembered today by the shape of our political institutions. (More)
- White, Captain Gideon (1752-1833)
- Gideon White came to Shelburne in 1784 and became a successful merchant and farmer. (More)
- Whitmore, Edward (c.1694-1761):
- Whitmore was one of three field brigadiers who were under Amherst during the successful taking of Louisbourg in 1758. (More)
- Wilberforce, William (1759–1833):
- Wilberforce was the member of the British Parliament for the constituency of Yorkshire through the years 1784 to 1812. He was one of the leaders in the anti-slavery movement. His parliamentary career is permanently linked to this movement, one that came to fruition with the passing of the Slave Trade Act in 1807.
"He was an enthusiast who was always wise. He was an agitator who always retained his powerful gift of social charm, the outcome of his sweet disposition ... He could not have done what he did if he had desired office. With his talents and position he would probably have been Pitt's successor as Prime Minister if he had preferred party to mankind. His sacrifice of one kind of fame and power, gave him another and a nobler title to remembrance." (Trevelyan, English Social History (Toronto: Longmans & Green, 1946) p. 496.)
- Williams, General Sir Fenwick, Of Kars (1799-1888):
- Williams was a native of Annapolis Royal. He joined the British Army and went on to have a distinguished career in the British Army. "His military career's zenith was his defense of Kars in the Crimean War." He became the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and occupied that position during the years 1865-7.
- Wilmot, Montague (?-1766):
- Though Wilmot had military connections to Nova Scotia back to 1746, he is known to history because he was the Governor of Nova Scotia from 1763 to 1766. (More)
- Winslow, John (1703-74):
- Winslow is best known as being the officer who directly oversaw the deportation of the Acadians in the Minas area. This event, which occurred in the autumn of 1755, however, was but one of many in a long and distinguished career devoted to public service to the English cause in colonial America. (More)
- Winniett, William (Guillaume Ouinet) (b.1690):
- Winniett was an English army officer, a French Huguenot, who came with the English troops, in 1710, to conquer Port Royal. He was to marry Marie Madeleine Maisonnat, the daughter of Baptiste. (More)
- Wolfe, James (1727-1759):
- The English hero of the siege on Louisbourg, 1758; to carry on next year to his death and his great claim to history as the conqueror of Quebec. (More)
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