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John Marsh, pioneer : the life story of a trail-blazer on six frontiers

Author: George D Lyman
Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The "meanest man in California" as described by John Bidwell receives his chance at redemption thanks to this reprint of John Marsh, Pioneer by George Lyman as originally published in 1930. Here we discover an 18th Century Massachusetts native, born of English immigrants moving west with the nation. Marsh is a colorful man influencing people and events throughout his life and location. The first overland emigrants  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lyman, George D. (George Dunlap), 1882-1949.
John Marsh, pioneer.
New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1930
(OCoLC)601081174
Named Person: John Marsh; John Marsh
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George D Lyman
OCLC Number: 635050
Notes: Maps on lining-papers.
Description: xii pages, 2 leaves, 3-394 pages : frontispiece, illustrations (including facsimiles) plates, portraits ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by George D. Lyman.

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The "meanest man in California" as described by John Bidwell receives his chance at redemption thanks to this reprint of John Marsh, Pioneer by George Lyman as originally published in 1930. Here we discover an 18th Century Massachusetts native, born of English immigrants moving west with the nation. Marsh is a colorful man influencing people and events throughout his life and location. The first overland emigrants from the United States, the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, came to California specifically with Marsh's adobe home destination in mind. "The meanest man in California" stuck to Marsh's reputation. Marsh died unheralded; Bidwell lived. Marsh is a colorful man influencing people and events throughout his life and location. Here is a man who knew Abraham Lincoln when the future president was a soldier in the Black Hawk War. "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles" might not have become the Los Angles we know today had "Doctor" John Marsh not provided small pox immunizations. John Fremont and Kit Carson were guests at his Rancho Los Megaños. Marsh was well established in California seven years before Captain John Sutter became lost in the Delta tule bull rushes as he sailed to present day Sacramento. Mountain men, scouts, and members of the ill-fated Donner Party were known to him from Illinois and Wisconsin days. The list of coincidence and "67-degrees of separation" connecting John Marsh with historic figures and places in United States history is surprising. Historians, book lovers, California Emigrant Trail enthusiasts, and those seeking a real-life adventure story will enjoy this biography. The true-life exploits of Dr. John Marsh are as absorbing as legendary bandits Joaquin Murrieta and Three-finger Jack, or the fictionalized Don Diego de la Vega as Señor Zorro.

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