William Ogilvie, surveyor (b at Ottawa 7 Apr 1849; d at Winnipeg 13 Nov 1912). 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.
WILLIAM R. MORRISON
W. Ogilvie, Early Days on the Yukon (1913).
Links to Other Sites
Hougen Group of Companies
The website for the Whitehorse-based Hougen Group of Companies. Features a review of company history and profiles of the Hougen family. Also provides an extensively illustrated history of the Yukon Territory.