1764 – 1836
Who was Robert Thorpe?
In 1801, he became chief justice for Prince Edward Island. Because he was not getting paid on time, he sailed to England in 1804 but was captured by a French privateer. Thorpe later escaped and was named to Court of King's Bench in Upper Canada. On the death of his friend, William Weekes, in a duel, he was elected in a by-election to the 4th Parliament of Upper Canada representing Dundas, Simcoe & 1st York.. He advocated that the executive council should be responsible to the elected representatives. He was suspended from office by the lieutenant governor Francis Gore in July 1807.
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