MacKey, William, 1772-1832

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MacKey, William, 1772-1832

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1772-1832

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William MacKay entered the North West Company in 1790, and by 1796 had become a partner. After being in charge of the posts at Lake Winnipeg (1799) and Portage La Prairie (1805) he retired from the fur trade in 1807. He became a member of the Beaver Club in Montréal and in 1808 married Eliza Davidson. He fought in the War of 1812 and led the British forces to victory at Prairie-du-Chien. After the war he became a lieutenant-colonel and was appointed the Superintendent of Indian Affairs at Drummond Island, Upper Canada (now Michigan).

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