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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry (c1783-c1864)

Fur trader.

The eldest son of Alexander Henry the Elder (d1824), cousin to Alexander Henry the Younger, he joined the North West Company in 1801, serving in Red River from 1801 to 1809. He then was posted further west, ending up in the Columbia Department in 1812 and moving to Fort William in 1816. He survived the 1821 merger of the NWC and Hudson's Bay Company with an appointment, but retired to Canada in 1823, where he became a surveyor and civil engineer. He eventually settled in Newmarket, Upper Canada, where he died.


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

Page revised: 18 March 2008

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