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Biographies of Area Pioneers, Settlers and other Important Figures.

Letters "E-F"

Entries in maroon font have been transcribed from Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia, published in 1876 by A.J. Johnson & Co., New York.

Fail, Philip
Farnam, Chas. B.
Ferris, David
Forrester, Hon. James

de Frontenac, Louis de Buade, Comte, born in 1621 in France; served in the army in Italy, Flanders, Germany, and Candia, and received many wounds. In 1672 was appointed governor-general of Canada by Louis XIV., having already won a wide renown for valor. He was a relative of Madame Maintenon and the husband of a court beauty, who used her influence against him. His first governorship of New France (1672-82) was marked by the building of Fort Frontenac (now Kingston, Ontario), and the expeditions of LaSalle, Marquette, and Joliet; but Frontenac, a man of great abilities, was hampered by the action of his intendant and of Laval, bishop of Quebec, so long the virtual ruler of Canada. He was accordingly recalled, but in 1689, Canada being almost ruined under his successors, he was sent out again. He now punished the Iroquois terribly, destroyed, through his lieutenants, the English marine in Hudson's Bay, ravaged Newfoundland, terrified all the English-speaking coast-towns as far south as New Jersey, captured Pemaquid, Casco, Salmon Falls, Schenectady, and in 1690 repulsed the forces of Phips before Quebec - an event which Louis XIV, commemorated with a medal. This able soldier died at Quebec, November 28, 1698.

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