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Passion and principle : John and Jessie Frémont, the couple whose power, politics, and love shaped nineteenth-century America

Author: Sally Denton
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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She was the daughter of powerful Missouri politician Thomas Hart Benton and was a savvy political operator who played confidante and advisor to the inner circle of the highest political powers in the country. He was a key figure in western exploration and California's first senator, and became the first presidential candidate for the Republican Party--and the first candidate to challenge slavery. Both shaped their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Denton, Sally.
Passion and principle.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2007
(OCoLC)608211447
Online version:
Denton, Sally.
Passion and principle.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2007
(OCoLC)608481774
Named Person: John Charles Frémont; Jessie Benton Frémont; John Charles Frémont; Jessie Benton Frémont; John Charles Frémont
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Denton
ISBN: 9781596910195 1596910194
OCLC Number: 80019926
Description: xiii, 460 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: John 1813-1840 --
Jessie 1824-1840 --
The pathfinder and his wife 1840-1844 --
Bear flag 1845-1848 --
Gold 1849-1855 --
Free speech, free soil, free men, Frémont 1855-1857 --
War 1857-1862 --
Retreat 1862-1902.
Responsibility: Sally Denton.
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She was the daughter of powerful Missouri politician Thomas Hart Benton and was a savvy political operator who played confidante and advisor to the inner circle of the highest political powers in the country. He was a key figure in western exploration and California's first senator, and became the first presidential candidate for the Republican Party--and the first candidate to challenge slavery. Both shaped their times and were far ahead of it, but their story has never fully been told. Thanks in part to a deep-seated family quarrel between Jessie's father and the couple, John and Jessie were eclipsed and opposed by some of the most mythic characters of their era, not least Abraham Lincoln. Historian Sally Denton restores the reputations of John and Jessie and places them where they belong--at the center of our country's history.--From publisher description.

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