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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Wrigley (1839-?)

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Joseph Wrigley
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Chief Commissioner.

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Joseph Wrigley
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Born at Yorkshire, England on 3 February 1839, he was selected in 1884 as the Chief Commissioner for British North America of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Following the death of C. J. Brydges in 1889, he also took control of the company’s real estate business. He resigned his positions in 1891, citing ill health, and returned to England.

See also:

“Eminent Winnipeggers. No. X. Mr. Wrigley” Undated newspaper clipping in Manitoba Historical Scrapbook MB1, Manitoba Legislative Library, page 10.

A Stranger To The Fur Trade: Joseph Wrigley and the Transformation of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1884-1891 [MA thesis, 1987] by Eleanor Stardom.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

“Mr. Wrigley resigns”, Manitoba Free Press, 26 January 1891, page 8.

We thank Marguerite Carter-Kerr for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2017

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