Monday, July 3, 2017

John C. Frémont: Obscure Hero

John Charles Frémont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American explorer, politician, and soldier who, in 1856, became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, when he led four expeditions into the American West, that era's penny press and admiring historians accorded Frémont the sobriquet The Pathfinder.

A rather interesting find: One of Frémont's reports from an expedition inspired the Mormons to consider Utah for settlement.[16]