Norman Wolfred Kittson (1814-1888)

"Commodore" Norman Wolfred Kittson, of St. Paul, Minnesota

Associated Houses

Norman Kittson House

St. Paul

Erdenheim Farm

Whitemarsh Township

He was one of early Minnesota's most prominent citizens. He was introduced to the fur trade by his father's celebrated stepfather, Alexander Henry "The Elder". He was best known as first a fur trader, then a steamboat-line operator and finally a railway entrepreneur and owner of thoroughbred racehorses at Erdenheim Farm. He was part of the original syndicate that went on to create the Canadian Pacific Railway. Both Kittson and Norman Counties in Minnesota are named for him.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 16/10/2018 and last updated on 07/03/2021.