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Memorable Manitobans: Moses Norton (c1735-1773)

HBC Chief Factor.

There is much uncertainty about his life, thanks to the hostility of Samuel Hearne, who described him negatively in 1795. He contracted to serve with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1753, becoming accountant and assistant at Fort Prince of Wales in 1756. In 1762 he was appointed chief factor at Churchill. He was much trusted by the London Committee, and he was particularly interested in northern expansion. He lived well at Fort Prince of Wales and was accused of being a “notorious smuggler.”

See also:

Moses Norton, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IV, 583-85.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2020

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