Mary Ellen Rowe is a retired professor of history at the University of Central Missouri.

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French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly’s rendering of members of an Osage traveling party in Europe, including Big Soldier (at right). [Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, object # S/NPG.2011.5]

Big Soldier, a Little Osage war leader, was probably born in 1773 in a village near the…

Painting titled Cler-mónt, First Chief of the Tribe, by George Catlin, 1834. [Smithsonian American Art Museum, SAAM-1985.66.29_1]

Following the death of Clermont (Gra-Mon or “Arrow-Going-Home”) in 1796, his son, also…

Josiah Gregg. [Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 4316.5964]

From his father, Wheelwright Harmon Gregg, Josiah Gregg inherited a roving spirit that…

Samuel Hawken. [Missouri Historical Society, Prints and Photographs Division, N38641]

Christian Hawken, a respected gunsmith of Hagerstown, Maryland, taught his six sons and…

Wilson Price Hunt. Pastel portrait drawing by O. L. Erickson. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Prints and Photographs Collection, 1903-005-0011]

Wilson Price Hunt was born to a prosperous merchant family in Asbury, New Jersey, on March…