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Askin, John

John Askin, born in Ireland in 1739, came to North America in 1758 with the British Army. He eventually came to work at a fur trading post at Fort Michilimackinac. In 1781, Askin, Robert Hamilton, and Richard Cartwright formed a trade partnership, and Askin moved his base of operations to Detroit.

From 1786 to 1789, he operated as part of a group of trading companies, known collectively as the Miamis Company. Askin left the fur trade when he was named Justice of the Peace of Detroit. In 1796, his position changed and he became Justice of the Peace for the Western District. He moved to Sandwich, Ontario (present-day Windsor, Ontario) for this position in 1802 and he remained there until his death in 1815.

 


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