Mackenzie, Alexander

MACKENZIE, Alexander, fur trader, explorer (b 1764, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland; d 12 Mar 1820, Dunkeld, Scotland). At age 10 he went to the US with his widowed father, who subsequently died fighting on the loyalist side in the Revolutionary War. Young Alexander's aunts sent him to Montreal to go to school, and in 1779 he entered the FUR TRADE firm of Gregory, McLeod, one of the companies that later amalgamated to form the NORTH WEST CO. At that time Mackenzie became a partner and went...

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