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Memorable Manitobans: John Lee Lewes [Lewis] (1791-c1860)

Fur trader.

Born in Southwark, England, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1807 and served at Churchill Factory and Nelson House before going to the Athabasca District in 1814. After the merger of the HBC and North West Company, he became a chief trader in the Columbia Department. In 1827 he was appointed to Moose Factory, and in 1830 was put in charge of the Island Lake District, where he supervised the construction of the winter road from York Factory to Lake Winnipeg. He became a councillor of Rupert’s Land in 1839. He retired in 1853 to St. Andrew’s.


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

Page revised: 17 October 2008

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