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Sir Alexander, 1764–1820, Scottish explorer in Canada.
Alexander, 1822–92, Canadian statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister 1873–78.
William Lyon, 1795–1861, Canadian political leader and journalist, born in Scotland.
a river in NW Canada, flowing NW from the Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean. 1120 miles (1800 km) long; with tributaries 2525 miles (4065 km) long.
a district in the SW Northwest Territories of Canada. 527,490 sq. mi. (1,366,200 sq. km).
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Mackenzie1 (məˈkɛnzɪ)
a river in NW Canada, in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, flowing northwest from Great Slave Lake to the Beaufort Sea: the longest river in Canada; navigable in summer. Length: 1770 km (1100 miles)

Mackenzie2 (məˈkɛnzɪ)
1.  Sir Alexander. ?1755--1820, Scottish explorer and fur trader in Canada. He explored the Mackenzie River (1789) and was the first European to cross America north of Mexico (1793)
2.  Alexander. 1822--92, Canadian statesman; first Liberal prime minister (1873--78)
3.  Sir Compton. 1883--1972, English author. His works include Sinister Street (1913--14) and the comic novel Whisky Galore (1947)
4.  Sir Thomas. 1854--1930, New Zealand statesman born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1912)
5.  William Lyon. 1795--1861, Canadian journalist and politician, born in Scotland. He led an unsuccessful rebellion against the oligarchic Family Compact (1837)

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river in Canada, named for Scottish fur trader and explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820) who discovered and explored it 1789.
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