Thomas Fraser (Upper Canada politician)

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Thomas Fraser (1749 – October 18, 1821) was a soldier and political figure in Upper Canada.

Thomas Fraser
MLA for Dundas
In office
1800–1804
Preceded by Alexander Campbell
Succeeded by Jacob Weager
MLA for Glengarry County
In office
1812–1821
Preceded by Walter Butler Wilkinson (for Glengarry & Prescott)
Succeeded by John Macdonell
Personal details
Born 1749
Stratherrick, Inverness, Scotland
Died October 18, 1821
Residence Matilda Township, Dundas County, Upper Canada
Occupation Mill owner, local official

He was born in Stratherrick, Inverness, Scotland in 1749. His family came to North America in 1767 and settled on the estate of Sir William Johnson in Tryon County, New York. In 1777, he and his brother were captured while trying to escape to Quebec. They escaped and joined Major-General John Burgoyne at Fort Edward. After the fall of Saratoga, they escaped north to Quebec. In 1779, they served as border guards at the Yamaska River and later became part of Edward Jessup's Loyal Rangers.

In 1784, he settled in Edwardsburg Township, where he built a sawmill. In 1786, he became a justice of the peace and, in 1792, was appointed to the land board for Leeds and Grenville counties. He was also the first sheriff in the Johnstown District. He represented Dundas in the 2nd Parliament of Upper Canada and Glengarry in the 5th Parliament.

During the War of 1812, he commanded companies in the militia. After the war, he moved to Matilda Township in Dundas County. He was appointed to the Legislative Council for the province in 1815. He died in Matilda Township in 1821.

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