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Edward F. Beale & the American West

Author: Gerald Thompson
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-93) was a major figure in the history of the American West. Few Americans have gained distinction in so many different fields- naval officer, explorer, bureaucrat, rancher, politician, and promoter. During his lifetime, Beale was regarded as "Mr. California," and numbered among his friends such preeminent men as Robert F. Stockton, Kit Carson, Thomas Hart Benton, Bayard Taylor, U.S.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thompson, Gerald, 1947-
Edward F. Beale & the American West.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1983
(OCoLC)562049808
Named Person: Edward Fitzgerald Beale; Edward Fitzgerald Beale; Edward Fitzgerald Beale
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Thompson
ISBN: 0826306632 9780826306630
OCLC Number: 9280699
Description: xv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A midshipman's life --
Hero of San Pasqual --
A plan for California's Indians --
Feud with the Indian Office --
"Law and Order" versus the vigilantes --
Wagons, railroads, and camels --
Surveyor General of California --
"Monarch of all he has surveyed" --
A vocal Republican --
Rancho El Tejon and Decatur House --
Minister of General Grant --
"No more Rocky Mountains."
Other Titles: Edward F. Beale and the American West.
Responsibility: Gerald Thompson.
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Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-93) was a major figure in the history of the American West. Few Americans have gained distinction in so many different fields- naval officer, explorer, bureaucrat, rancher, politician, and promoter. During his lifetime, Beale was regarded as "Mr. California," and numbered among his friends such preeminent men as Robert F. Stockton, Kit Carson, Thomas Hart Benton, Bayard Taylor, U.S. Grant, and many others. A study of Beale's life offers important insights into many of the events and personalities that dominated post-1845 America. A colorful and interesting man, Beale successfully pursued a personal El Dorado of adventure, status, and wealth. In so doing, he mirrored the dreams of countless Americans of his day. Despite his achievements and importance, Beale has been largely forgotten. He is remembered, if at all, as a quixotic man who presided over a strange experiment to introduce camels into the Southwest. The intended purpose of this biography is to portray him as a human being- complex, with qualities of greatness and weakness- and to fix his position more precisely within the historical landscape. -- from Preface.

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