Correspondence relating to the Minnesota fur trade and the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary dispute, 1838-1850.


Correspondence relating to the Minnesota fur trade and the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary dispute, 1838-1850.

Copies of the letters from the papers of John Catlin, Hercules L. Dousman, and John H. Tweedy in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin relating especially to the fur trade in Minnesota, the controversy concerning the location of the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary, and other material relevant to the eastern portion of what became Minnesota Territory.


SNAC Resource ID: 6648521

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Dousman, Hercules L. (Hercules Louis), 1800-1868 (person)

Wealthy Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, fur trader and regional investor. Born on Mackinac Island in 1800 and educated in New Jersey, Dousman worked at a New York mercantile house as a clerk and with his father at Mackinac before coming in 1826 to Prairie du Chien. There Dousman worked as an agent of the American Fur Company in partnership with Joseph Rolette (whose widow, Jane Fisher Rolette, Dousman married in 1844). In 1834, Dousman, Rolette, and H.H. Sibley became stock...

Rice, Henry M. (Henry Mower), 1816-1894 (person)

Pierre Choteau and Company. (corporateBody)

Tweedy, John Hubbard, 1814-1891. (person)

Rolette, Joseph, 1781-1842 (person)

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, fur trader. In 1804 Rolette arrived in Prairie du Chien, where until 1821 he was associated with several fur trading companies. An agent of the American Fur Company from 1821 to 1834, Rolette and his partners Hercules Dousman and H.H. Sibley in 1834 became stockholders in Ramsay Crooks' reorganized American Fur Company and contracted to run its Western Outfit. In 1842, the three men transferred their trade to Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Co. of ...

Sibley, Henry Hastings, 1811-1891 (person)

American pioneer; first Governor of Minnesota. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to William L. Marcy, 1853 Mar. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664016 Fur trader; soldier; politician; Governor of Minnesota, 1850-1860. From the description of Papers, 1815-1830. (State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives). WorldCat record id: 17998041 Henry Sibley was a general in the Confederate Army. From the de...

American Fur Company (corporateBody)

Fur trading company in the American West. From the description of Papers, 1835-1840. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122497429 Chartered by John Astor in 1808. Astor withdrew his interest in 1834 and in 1864 the company was sold to the North Western Fur Company. From the description of American Fur Company records, 1803-1849. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 56975212 No information is available on Livingstone, except as noted above. Franchere...

Crooks, Ramsay, 1787-1859 (person)

Born at Greenock, Scotland, Jan. 2, 1787, and emigrated to Montreal at the age of 16. Entered the employ of a fur trader, Robert Dickson, at Mackinac, but soon, in 1806, moved on to St. Louis and formal partnership with Robert McClellan for trade on the upper Missouri. In 1810 the partnership was dissolved, Crooks returned to Canada, and there joined the recruits for the proposed overland journey to Astoria. He became a partner in Astor's Pacific Fur Company, but after a disheartening journey re...

State Historical Society of Wisconsin, compiler. (corporateBody)

Catlin, John, 1803-1874 (person)

Holcombe, William, 1804-1870. (person)