Surname: Vidal

Progressive Men of Western Colorado

This manuscript in it’s basic form is a volume of 948 biographies of prominent men and women, all leading citizens of Western Colorado. Western Colorado in this case covers the counties of: Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel.

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Biography of Hon. Alexander Vidal

Hon. Alexander Vidal, Senator, is a descendant of a family originally from Spain, removing thence to England in the 18th century. He is a son of Capt. Richard Emeric Vidal of the Royal Navy, and Charlotte Penrose nee Mitton, and was born in Berkshire, England, on the 4th of August, 1819. He was educated at the Royal Mathematical School, Christ’s Hospital, London; accompanied his father to Upper Canada in 1834; settled in Sarnia the next year; practiced the profession of a Provincial Land. Surveyor from 1843 to 1852; was Manager of the Sarnia branch of the Bank of Upper Canada, from the latter date until the failure of that institution in 1866; and held the same position in the service of the Bank of Montreal, from that time until 1875, when he resigned. He has held the office of county treasurer since 1853, being the only Treasurer that Lambton has ever had. Senator Vidal has long been connected with the military of the Ontario Province, and holds the rank of Lieut.-Colonel of the Lambton Reserve Militia. He sat for “St. Clair “Division in the Legislative Council of Canada, from September, 1863 until the Union (1867); was an unsuccessful candidate for the House of Commons at the general elections in 1867 and 1872, and was called to the Senate on the 15th of January, 1873. He is a Conservative and...

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