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Born in Upper Canada on October 4th 1796; died at New York on May 12th 1852. Publishing under the title "Major John Richardson," he is the first Canadian novelist to be have been born in Canada (his predecessors all having been born in the U.K.).He began his career in the military and even fought in the War of 1812 alongside Tecumseh. He moved to New York in hopes of establishing a literary career but died impoverished, having written nothing of interest since his first novel, Wacousta; or, The Prophecy.