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Memorable Manitobans: William Drever Jr. (?-?)

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William Drever Jr.
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Buffalo hunter.

He was generally regarded by Louis Riel as a spy, and he helped some of Riel’s prisoners escape from Fort Garry during the Red River Rebellion. He accompanied Captain Butler back to Fort Garry by steamer in the summer of 1870. Walter Traill described him as very dark-complexioned and endowed with Scottish traits and wisdom “to which he has added the plains crafts of his Indian and native friends.”

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2017

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