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Finding Aid of the John Charles Fremont Letters C057968
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Typed letter from Fremont to Major J.R. Synder in Philadephia on May 31, 1850 and published letter from Fremont to the Editors of the National Intelligence on the Central Railroad, Dec. 27, 1854. Fremont's copy of Senator Clarke of Rhode Island's Speech.
John Charles Fremont was born in 1813 in Savannah, Georgia, and died in 1890 in New York City. Fremont was an officer in the Topographical Corps of the U.S. Army and led an expedition along the Oregon Trail to the Rockies in 1842. In 1843, another government expedition to him to California. His travels in Oregon and California resulted in the publication in 1845, of Report of the Exploring Expedition to Oregon and North California. He entered into a private expedition in 1848-49, to find a route for the railroad to California. He had many further military forays and exploring expeditions made him a popular pubic figure, as well as a national political one. He became a wealthy man, and was named to the U.S. Senate for California for a short term (Sept. 1850-March 1851). He was married to Jessie Benton, who was the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri. Fremont was a member of the Society of California Pioneers, joining in 1878. There is an abundance of further information on Fremont elsewhere.
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