Simon d’Entremont (Argyle) and Frederick Armand Robicheau (Annapolis) became the first French Acadians
in North America to be elected to the Nova Scotia General Assembly (the fifteenth Assembly, 1836–1840). Before taking his seat in the House of Assembly, d’Entremont was asked to swear an oath to the British crown. He replied,“You can take back your document. . . I would rather swallow a dogfish, tail first, than swear that.” He knew that he was right to refuse to take the oath, as the British Parliament had abolished it eight years earlier. He married twice, with nine children from each marriage, and left over 136 descendants. (Photo: Simon d’Entremont. Beaton Institute Digital Archives).