Connolly, William

CONNOLLY, William, fur trader (b circa 1786, Lachine, QC; d 3 June 1848, Montreal). A veteran of the NORTH WEST CO, he joined the newly organized HBC in 1821 as a chief trader and in 1824 took command in NEW CALEDONIA (the central Interior of BC). During the next 7 years he managed the business of the district, developing new transportation routes to the coast and extending the trade west and north toward the Russian traders in Alaska. In 1828 his daughter Amelia married James DOUGLAS, then a...

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