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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Hardisty (1832-1889)

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Richard Hardisty
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Fur trader, Senator.

Born at Moose Factory of mixed-blood ancestry, he was educated at the Red River Academy. He served in the Hudson's Bay Company from 1847, and became Chief Factor in 1867 and Inspecting Chief Factor in 1887. While on leave in 1869-1870 he came to Upper Fort Garry with his brother-in-law Donald Smith and was put under house arrest by Louis Riel. He served in the Canadian Senate in 1888-1889. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 15 October 1889, from injuries sustained in a horse and buggy accident at Broadview, North West Territories, and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. He left a widow, daughter, and two sons.


“Senator Hardisty,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1889, page 4.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2018

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