Henson, Matthew

Henson, Matthew (Alexander)

(1866–1955) explorer; born in Charles County, Md. An African-American who went to sea at age 12 or 13, he met Lt. Robert E. Peary in 1887 and became his valet and assistant for 22 years. He, Peary, and four Eskimos reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Henson worked in the New York Customhouse (1913–33) and never profited from his achievement. Not until the final years of his life did he receive recognition for his role in Peary's expeditions, for Peary, although friendly enough in private, shunned Henson in public. Only in the 1980s was it revealed that both men had fathered children by Eskimo women while on their Arctic expeditions.
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And spending big doesn't guarantee success, as cash-rich Bristol have found out over the last two seasons with their failure to win promotion to the Aviva Premiership despite recruiting Ryan Jones, Dwayne Peel, Ian Evans, Gavin Henson, Matthew Morgan, David Lemi and others.
Back row from left): Jonathan Thomas, Alun-Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Ian Gough, (second row): Huw Bennett, Michael Phillips, Jamie Roberts, Lee Byrne, Alix Popham, Martyn Williams, (third row): Adam Jones, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Rhys Thomas, James Hook, Gethin Jenkins, Gareth Delve, Gavin Henson, Matthew Rees, Duncan Jones, Mark Jones.
Ospreys (from): A Durston; S Terblanche, S Parker, D Bishop, E Seveali'i, S Williams, G Henson, Matthew Jones, A Williams, J Spice; D Jones, P James, B Williams (capt), R Hibbard, A Millward, A Newman, B Cockbain, L Bateman, J Thomas, R Jones, N Bonner-Evans.