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

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

Edward Hempstead. [Louis Houck, A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union, vol. 3 (Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1908), p. 2]

Edward Hempstead, a prominent early Missouri attorney and politician, was born in New…

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Andrew Henry, a mountain man whose innovations revolutionized the modi operandi of the…

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…

William Jewell. [Walter Williams, ed., A History of Northeast Missouri (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913)]

In some respects, William Jewell’s story is similar to those of thousands of others who…

William Keil. [Oregon Historical Society, OrHi 4508]

William Keil was born on March 6, 1811, or 1812, in Bleicherode, Erfurt, Prussia. His…

Abiel Leonard. The Green Bag (April 1891): 167.

Abiel Leonard, a lawyer, jurist, and political leader, was born in Windsor, Vermont, on May…

A facsimile of the title page in the first edition of Zenon Leonard’s narrative about his experiences. [Adventures of Zenon Leonard (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers Co., 1904)]

Zenas Leonard, a fur trapper best known as the author of Adventures of a Mountain Man…

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Regis (Registre) Loisel was born near Montreal, Canada, in about 1773, and at an early age…

Susan Shelby Magoffin. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N12846]

Susan Shelby Magoffin was born on July 30, 1827, at Arcasia, her father’s estate near…