Jedediah Smith

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Birthday
6, 1799
Birthplace
Bainbridge, NY
Death Date
May 27, 1831 (32)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
6, 1799
Birthplace
Bainbridge, NY
Death Date
May 27, 1831 (32)

About

The first U.S. citizen to cross the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, and use the California coast to reach the Oregon Country.

Before Fame

He worked as a fur trapper for General William H. Ashley.

Trivia

He was the first white man to travel through the Salt Lake frontier, the Colorado River, and the Mojave Desert into California.

Family Life

His father owned a general store.

Associated With

He was inspired by the travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.