In 1871 he became surveyor-general of DOMINION LANDS, ie, the person chiefly responsible for mapping the Prairie West, and was deputy minister of the Interior Department 1887-81.
His son, J.S. Dennis Jr, followed a similar career as a surveyor in the West in 1872, as commander of a militia unit against Riel at BATOCHE in 1885, and as inspector of surveys 1887-94. J.S. Dennis Jr wrote a history of the Dominion lands survey 1869-89 (when his father had proposed a better system than the US standard eventually adopted) and ended his career as chief of the CPR Department of Natural Resources in charge of lands and irrigation.
Author DONALD J.C. PHILLIPSON
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