Lillian Gates was educated at the University of British Columbia, Clark and Harvard Universities. She has taught at Cornell University and Ithaca College. Her life-long interest in ninteenth century Ontario history has resulted in numerous articles for The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Ontario History, and the Western Historical Quarterly, as well as her 1968 book Land Policies of Upper Canada.
After the Rebellion
This comprehensive book on William Lyon Mackenzieâ€™s later life focuses first on the period 1838-1849, Mackenzieâ€™s years in exile in the United States. It examines his contribution to the American political scene, including his role in writing the constitution of the State of New York. The book also chronicles Mackenzieâ€™s life from 1849, when he was granted amnesty and returned to Canada, to his death in 1861. In this, the only comprehensive look at Mackenzieâ€™s life, Lillian Gates offers a meticulous account of one of Canadaâ€™s liveliest nineteenth century politicians.
"After the Rebellion is a major and fascinating contribution to our understanding of both Mackenzie and Ontario â€” not a bad accomplishment for an historian in her 87th year."