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William Ogilvie

William Ogilvie, surveyor (born 7 April 1849 in ​Ottawa, ​ON; died 13 November 1912 in ​Winnipeg, ​MB).

William Ogilvie, surveyor (born 7 April 1849 in Ottawa, ON; died 13 November 1912 in Winnipeg, MB). Trained as a surveyor, he worked from 1875 to 1898 in the Canadian West and North. He surveyed the Alaska-Yukon boundary at the Yukon River in 1887-88, and in 1896 the Klondike goldfields and the townsite of Dawson. As commissioner of the Yukon Territory 1898-1901, he enjoyed a reputation as the most honest and able civil servant in the territory. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of his pioneering northern surveys. In 1966 a mountain range north of Dawson was named in his honour.

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