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Memorable Manitobans: John McLaughlin

Free trader, opponent of the HBC.

He was a nephew of Andrew McDermot and a British subject who had lived for some years in St. Louis. In 1845 he was reported to be carrying to Washington, DC, a petition for assistance signed by 1,250 mixed-bloods and Canadian settlers of Red River asking for protection from the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly. McLaughlin subsequently went to England, where he was sued for defamatory libel by the HBC for letters he had written to the British government about the situation in Red River. The case was dismissed. He testified at some length in 1857 before the parliamentary committee investigating the HBC monopoly.


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

Page revised: 11 April 2008

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