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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Burdick (1834-1902)

Store clerk.

An American, Burdick clerked in the Winnipeg retail store of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He clashed with Louis Riel on 17 January 1870 when Riel tried to buy a pair of trousers from his store and had his payment refused by Burdick on the grounds that it represented money stolen from the HBC. At the Winnipeg election meeting on 22 January 1870, Burdick presented the resolutions that resulted in the election of Alfred Scott as delegate to the Convention of Forty. He was briefly arrested by Riel on 29 March 1870.

He and his wife and family left Red River for St. Paul aboard the steamboat on 5 May 1870, never to return.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 27 July 2008

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