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Ranald MacDonald: Honored in Three Countries

February 3, 1824 - August 5, 1894

The Town of Republic, Present Day

Respected in three countries, Japan, Canada, and the United States, as a friend and teacher of English, Ranald’s success with his Japanese pupils led to Admiral Perry’s acclaimed trade negotiations that reversed Japan’s “closed door” policy.


Grandson of Chinook Chief Concomly and son of Hudson’s Bay Chief Factor Archibald MacDonald, Ranald had an unusually successful career in whaling as well as gold mining and exploration in Australia and Canada.

Ranald MacDonald Mural, near Curlew
Ranald MacDonald

Ranald was a true son of the Northwest. After spending his final years at Old Fort Colvile, Ranald died in the loving arms of his half-brother’s daughter, Jenny Lynch on the Colville Indian Reservation near Curlew.

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