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Jesse Benton Frémont Project Sponsors Missouri Center for the Book Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri–Columbia Special Thanks Emily Troxell Jaycox, librarian, Missouri Historical Society Christine Montgomery, photo specialist, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia Sandy Nozick, reference librarian, Beale Memorial Library, Kern County Library Emily D. Rohlfs, library clerk, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia Adam Beck Holly Gray Jack Johnston Ellen Lanto Hallie Stone MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS General Editor, Rebecca B. Schroeder Each Missouri Heritage Reader explores a particular aspect of the state’s rich cultural heritage. Focusing on people, places, historical events, and the details of daily life, these books illustrate the ways in which people from all parts of the world contributed to the development of the state and the region. The books incorporate documentary and oral history, folklore, and informal literature in a way that makes these resources accessible to all Missourians. Intended primarily for adult new readers, these books will also be invaluable to readers of all ages interested in the cultural and social history of Missouri. Other Books in the Series Arrow Rock: The Story of a Missouri Village, by Authorene Wilson Phillips Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer, by Jack A. Batterson Called to Courage: Four Women in Missouri History, by Margot Ford McMillen and Heather Roberson Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri’s State Symbols, by John C. Fisher Food in Missouri: A Cultural Stew, by Madeline Matson George Caleb Bingham: Missouri’s Famed Painter and Forgotten Politician, by Paul C. Nagel German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways, by Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering Hoecakes, Hambone, and All That Jazz: African American Traditions in Missouri, by Rose M. Nolen Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri, by Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering Into the Spotlight: Four Missouri Women, by Margot Ford McMillen and Heather Roberson Jane Froman: Missouri’s First Lady of Song, by Ilene Stone Jesse James and the Civil War in Missouri, by Robert L. Dyer Missouri at Sea: Warships with Show-Me State Names, by Richard E. Schroeder On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, by Norma Hayes Bagnall Orphan Trains to Missouri, by Michael D. Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel The Osage in Missouri, by Kristie C. Wolferman Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names, by Margot Ford McMillen Quinine and Quarantine: Missouri Medicine through the Years, by Loren Humphrey The Trail of Tears across Missouri, by Joan Gilbert Jesse Benton Frémont MISSOURI’S TRAILBLAZER Ilene Stone and Suzanna M. Grenz University of Missouri Press Columbia and London m Copyright © 2005 by The Curators of the University of Missouri University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri 65201 Printed and bound in the United States of America All rights reserved 5 4 3 2 1 09 08 07 06 05 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Stone, Ilene, 1945– Jessie Benton Frémont, Missouri’s trailblazer / Ilene Stone and Suzanna M. Grenz. p. cm. — (Missouri heritage readers) Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-8262-1628-1 ISBN-10: 0-8262-1628-5 (alk. paper) 1. Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824–1902. 2. Politicians’ spouses—United States—Biography. 3. Frémont, John Charles, 1813–1890—Marriage. 4. Women pioneers—West (U.S.)—Biography. 5. Women pioneers—Missouri— Biography. 6. Women—Missouri—Biography. 7. Missouri—Biography. I. Title: Jessie Benton Frémont. II. Grenz, Suzanna M. III. Title. IV. Series. E415.9.F79S86 2005 973.6092—dc22 2005052991 This paper meets the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, Z39.48, 1984. Designer: Stephanie Foley Typesetter: Foley Design Printer and binder: Thomson-Shore, Inc. Typefaces: Ariston BQ, Goudy and NeutraText Publication of this book has been generously assisted by a contribution from Sprint Foundation. To the staff of the James S. Copley Library Carol, Ron, and Harold, without you and your friendship our Jessie would not have come to life ...


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