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Ross, Alexander,

1783–1856, Canadian fur trader and pioneer, b. Scotland. He went to Canada in 1805, taught school in Upper Canada, and in 1810 left for Oregon as a clerk in John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company. In the founding (1811) of Astoria, Ross played a part. When that fur-trading post was sold (1813) to the North West Company, he entered their employ and was a member of the expedition that established (1818) Fort Nez Percé (also called Fort Walla Walla); he was in charge of this post until 1823, two years after the amalgamation (1821) of the North West Company with Hudson's Bay Company. His account of these years on the Pacific slope is related in his Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River (1849, new ed. 1923) and The Fur-Hunters of the Far West (1855, new ed. 1956). He was head of an expedition (1823–24) in the Snake River country. In 1825 Ross settled in the Red River district; in Assiniboia he was sheriff and a member of the council. His Red River Settlement was published in 1856.
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`To the memory of Alexander Ross, who died on the 22nd of September,
The Episcopalian cathedral, on the banks of the River Ness, was designed by architect Alexander Ross and was completed in 1869.
Alexander Ross, from Ellon, is the last member remaining in Aberdeen, after the branch was formed in 1964 and helped install the garden more than 20 years ago.
Alexander Ross, 19, is said to have sexually assaulted his first alleged victim by seizing hold of her buttocks in the Thistles Shopping Centre, Stirling, on February 23.
Missing from the picture but also in the side were Adam Kerr, Steven Wilby and Alexander Ross.
From L to R: Suzanne Stern, Flat Iron Real Estate; Kathy Matson; Dominick Russo, Alexander Ross Realty
But Alexander Ross' roster for the 1824-1825 trapping expedition into the Snake River Country illustrates the continued importance of "free" Native hunters and labourers to the smooth functioning of HBC trade in the Northwest:
They include Pierre Falcon, Alexander Ross, the Reverend James Hunter, Joseph James Hargrave, and Donald Gunn.
Forging a Fur Empire: Expeditions in the Snake River Country 1809-1824 offers a fine account of Alexander Ross, a pioneer recorder of the early fur trade of the early 1800s, and provides a lively narrative based on his and other explorer source materials.
Alexander Ross, in "Fur Hunters of the Far West," dubbed him "Perpetual Motion" - sounds like the river itself - because of his tireless energy.
This book deals with the first expeditions that invaded the Snake River area under Donald McKenzie, Michael Bourdon, Finan McDonald, and Alexander Ross. Their crews were made up of company men, freemen, and imported Iroquois trappers.