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Posted by ceddleman 
March 16, 2013 08:19PM
AITKIN, WILLIAM ALEXANDER, a Scotch trader, b. about 1787; d. at
Swan River, Minn., in 1851. He came to this region when a boy of
fifteen; became an Indian trader, and had charge of the Fond du Lac
department of the American Fur Company, with headquarters at Sandy
Lake. Aitkin county and town are named for him.

(Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. 14, Minnesota Biographies, 1655-1912; Warren Upham and Rose B. Dunlap, June, 1912, St. Paul, Minn., p. 6.)
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