Alexander Roderick McLeod

c. 1782 - June 11, 1840

McLeod, Alexander Roderick, frontiersman (c. 1782-June 11, 1840). McLeod joined the North West Company in 1802, soon becoming a clerk on Peace River in the northwest. In 1821 he became a chief trader when the Hudson's Bay Company absorbed the North West Company, serving in the Athabasca and MacKenzie River countries; in 1823 he was transferred to the Columbia district. He trapped in south Oregon, led brigades in that region on subsequent years, then was transferred, in 1827, to the Fraser River briefly. He soon was back at Fort Vancouver. He led a punitive campaign against Puget Sound Indians, because of his "harshness" being turned down for promotion. McLeod led the party which buried Jedediah Smith's massacred men in southern Oregon, being criticized for "dilatory" leadership of that expedition. McLeod led the first HBC brigade to trap central California in 1829-1830. His trip was a failure and McLoughlin sharply criticized him. McLeod was transferred to the MacKenzie River area, where he ended his service.