Ernest De Koven Leffingwell

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Birthday
13, 1875
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Jan 27, 1971 (96)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
13, 1875
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Jan 27, 1971 (96)

About

Polar explorer who spent a good portion of his life on the Alaskan Arctic coast.

Before Fame

He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, serving on the battleship Oregon during its trip around Cape Horn.

Trivia

He and his co-explorer, Ejnar Mikkelsen, financed their own expedition to the North Pole. After their boat got trapped in ice, they used its planks to build a permanent cabin.

Family Life

He was born in Knoxville, Illinois. His father, Charles Wesley Leffingwell, was a wealthy California rancher.

Associated With

He was one of the early explorers of Alaska, much like American Wilds P. Richardson .