David Stuart

December 22, 1765 - October 18, 1853

Stuart, David, fur trader (Dec. 22, 1765-Oct. 18, 1853). Born in Perthshire, Scotland, he migrated to Canada before 1800, becoming a fisherman and fur trader. He joined the North West Company in 1807 but shortly associated with Astor for his Oregon coast enterprise, leaving New York aboard the Tonquin September 6, 1810. He went up the Columbia River in 1811, helped build Fort Okanogan and explored the interior, retuning to Astoria in the summer of 1813; Stuart opposed the sale of Astoria to the North West Company, then reluctantly agreed to it, although he declined to join the British concern. He reached Montreal September 1, 1814, went on to New York and joined Astor's American Fur Company. Eventually he was assigned to Michilimackinac, on the Great Lakes. In 1834 he retired, settling eventually at Detroit, where he died.