Almanack Contributor Stan Evans

Stan Evans

Stan Evans retired as deputy managing editor at The Buffalo News, where he supervised local news coverage, editing both daily news and projects.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Patriot War With Canada

William Lyon MacKenzieWilliam Lyon MacKenzie strode into a packed theater in Buffalo, NY on the night of Dec. 12, 1837, his blue eyes blazing beneath his high, broad forehead, his sandy whiskers a chinstrap beard. The short, wiry 42-year-old native of Scotland had arrived in the booming border city a day earlier, a fugitive with a price on his head, after launching an ill-fated rebellion against the oligarchy that ruled colonial Canada.

More than 2,000 Buffalo residents waited anxiously to hear him speak, quite a crowd for a city of not even 18,000 souls. » Continue Reading.