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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Henry (1778-1859)

Fur trader.

Born in Albany, New York, he was one of a number of Americans who entered the Montreal fur trade. For many years he traded on the Churchill River for the North West Company. In 1816 he led a band of Indians from Fort William to Red River and was involved in attacks on the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Athabasca. He retired from the fur trade in 1817 and settled in Cobourg, Upper Canada, where in 1839 a bank in which he was employed was attacked by a band of “Patriots” based in the United States. He died in Cobourg.

More information:

Robert Henry, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VIII, 390-91.


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

Page revised: 18 March 2008

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