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  • Matthew Henson was born on August 8,1866. In Charles county, Maryland
  • Henson was the son of two free black sharecroppers
  • It was then left to his relatives to keep them taken care of. Until Henson ran away at age 11 and lived with someone who lived nearby
  • Henson's mom had died early on and his dad perished in Washington D.C
  • When he turned 12 he left to Washington D.C to begin his job as a cabin boy where he was mentored by Captain Child's for six whole years this is where he learned literacy and most navigation skills
  • When Captain child's passed away Henson returned to Washington D.C and got a job at a fur shop and worked as a store clerk. This is where he met Robert Peary who invited Henson to valet for his expeditions to the north pole
  • Henson's team had gone on numerous amounts of expeditions and one happened to go wrong in 1902 where six of there team died
  • On the teams final expedition to find the north pole Henson proved that he was a big part on his team. and they found the North pole in 1909.
  • In 1906 Matthew Henson married Lucy Ross They didn't have any children, but the lived happily.
  • Matthew Henson died in New York City March 5,1955
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