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John Stoughton Dennis
Born 1820-10-19
Died 1885-07-07
Nationality Canada
Occupation Surveyor, civil servant, Corporate Director
Known for His surveys triggered the Red River Rebellion

Lieutenant-Colonel John Stoughton Dennis (19 October 1820 – 7 July 1885) was a Canadian surveyor, militia officer, and civil servant.[1]

In 1866, Dennis led an ill-fated militia attack against the Fenians at Fort Erie. Dennis is noted for his role in precipitating the Red River Rebellion by his 1869 surveys of the Red River Colony. He was the father of Colonel John Stoughton Dennis Jr., who also became a noted surveyor and militia officer.[2] In 1882 he was created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Dennis had apprentices who became prominent surveyors themselves, including Charles Unwin, and Vernon Bayley Wadsworth.[3]


  1. Colin Frederick Read. "Dennis, John Stoughton". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-08-21. "DENNIS, JOHN STOUGHTON, surveyor, militia officer, civil servant, and entrepreneur; b. 19 Oct. 1820 in Kingston, Upper Canada, eldest son of Joseph Dennis and Mary Stoughton; m. 13 Sept. 1848 Sarah Maria Oliver, and they had several children; d. 7 July 1885 at Kingsmere, Que., and was buried at Kingston." 
  2. "John Stoughton Dennis Jr". Government of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. "His father was John Stoughton Dennis Sr., who became the first Surveyor General in the Department of the Interior. J.S. Dennis Jr. was educated at Trinity College School and Upper Canada College and also attended the old Military School at Kingston." 
  3. "Mapping Toronto's First Century: 1787-1884". Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 2013-08-21. "Vernon Bayley Wadsworth (1842-1940) and Charles Unwin (1829-1918) were prominent surveyors in Toronto in the latter half of the century. Both were pupils of J.S. Dennis. They were in partnership from 1868 to 1876 when Wadsworth left the firm to work for the London and Canadian Loan and Agency Company. Unwin also held the position of an Assessor for the City from 1872 to 1905, when he was appointed City Surveyor. The firm from which he retired in 1896, Unwin, Murphy, and Esten, is still in existence today."