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Memorable Manitobans: John Spencer (1790-c1863)

Colonial official.

Born in England in 1790, he was educated at Christ’s Hospital and joined the Hudson's Bay Company as a writer in 1806. In 1814, upon the recommendation of William Auld, he became a councillor and the sheriff of Assiniboia. He was responsible for enforcing the pemmican proclamation, and was subsequently arrested by the North West Company. From 1819 to 1823 he served as an accountant at York Factory, and after several years service further west he was made a Chief Trader in the Columbia District. He retired in 1828, rejoined the Company in 1834, and finally retired in Red River in 1857. He subsequently moved to Goderich, Upper Canada, where he probably died around 1863.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2019

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