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Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Harriott (1797-1866)

Fur trader.

Born at London, England in 1797, he entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1809. He spent most of his active career in the Saskatchewan District and the Columbia District, becoming Chief Trader in 1829 and Chief Factor in 1846. He had little formal education but was very good with Native languages. He retired to the Red River Settlement in 1858, where he built Hawthorne Lodge near the Rapids (now Lockport). He died while on a visit to Montreal on 7 February 1866.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hawthorne Lodge (729 River Road, RM of St. Andrews)


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2021

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