Frontiersman who participated in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars and led conquests of several Native American tribes.
He worked as an apprentice to a Missouri saddle maker when he was fourteen years old.
He neither read nor wrote, but was fictionalized as a hero in many novels.
He married Josefa Jaramillo in February 1843. The couple had eight children.
He served in the American Civil War under the leadership of James Buchanan.