Matthew Henson Timeline

Matthew Henson Timeline

Matthew Henson is born in Charles County, Maryland on August 8

August 8, 1866

Henson’s family moves to Georgetown

1867

Henson sails on the Katie Hines for Captain Childs

1879 - 1883

Joins Robert Peary on an expedition to Nicaragua

1887

Henson makes his first voyage to Greenland with Peary aboard the Kite

1891

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

1898

Henson becomes engaged to Lucy Ross

1902

Accompanies Peary on an expedition that travels within 175 miles of the North Pole

1905 - 1906

Marries Lucy Ross

1907

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"

1912

Begins work for the Customs Bureau

1913

Granted an honorary award in the Explorers Club

1937

Awarded a medal from the Navy

1945

President Eisenhower invites Matthew Henson to the White House to honor him.

1954

Matthew Henson dies

March 9, 1955

Matthew Henson’s body was moved to Arlington National Cemetery to be buried beside Robert Peary

1988

Henson was awarded the Hubbard Medal by the National Geographic Society

2000