Matthew Henson Timeline
Matthew Henson is born in Charles County, Maryland on August 8
August 8, 1866
Henson’s family moves to Georgetown
Henson sails on the Katie Hines for Captain Childs
1879 - 1883
Joins Robert Peary on an expedition to Nicaragua
Henson makes his first voyage to Greenland with Peary aboard the Kite
Henson’s second trip to Greenland aboard the Falcon & accompanies Peary on journey to northern Greenland
1893 - 1895
Henson begins a four year expedition with Peary in the Arctic
Henson becomes engaged to Lucy Ross
Accompanies Peary on an expedition that travels within 175 miles of the North Pole
1905 - 1906
Matthew Henson and Robert Peary leave New York to reach the North Pole
July 6, 1908
Henson, Peary, and four Eskimos become the first men to reach the North Pole.
April 6, 1909
Recognized by the black community by being given a gold watch and chain.
October 19, 1909
Henson publishes his autobiography "A Negro Explorer At The North Pole"
Begins work for the Customs Bureau
Granted an honorary award in the Explorers Club
Awarded a medal from the Navy
President Eisenhower invites Matthew Henson to the White House to honor him.
Matthew Henson dies
March 9, 1955
Matthew Henson’s body was moved to Arlington National Cemetery to be buried beside Robert Peary
Henson was awarded the Hubbard Medal by the National Geographic Society