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History of John C. Freemont, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Frémont would serve as governor of Arizona Territory from 1878 to 1881, but most of his post-Civil War career was consumed by speculative activities in western mines, land, and railroads. He died in virtual poverty in New York City on 13 July 1890.

Frémont's grandest achievement was in exploring the West and making it known through his lively, readable reports (prepared with the help of his wife) and his maps (drawn with the assistance of Charles Preuss). They seem to have been influential in the Mormons' decision to settle in the Salt Lake Valley. He also discovered and named the Great Basin as a geologic and geographic entity and established the correct elevation of the Great Salt Lake at 4,200 feet.

See: Allan Nevins, Fremont: Pathmarker of the West (1955); Donald Jackson and/or Mary Lee Spence, The Expeditions of John Charles Frémont (1970-84).

Mary Lee Spence


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