Jedediah Smith

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Jedediah Smith (January 6, 1799 - May 27, 1831), born in Bainbridge, New York, Smith was a trapper and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, the American West Coast and the Southwest during the 19th century. He was named after Solomon's religious nickname in the Bible, Jedidiah, but he was not very good at spelling. He is best known for rediscovering South Pass [1], which shortened the time needed to get to the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. He also discovered the Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest and River, killed an attacking bear with his bare hands and a knife, and was a committed Christian, carrying a Bible wherever he went. Smith was one of the few mountain men who shaved. In his lifetime, Smith would travel more extensively in unknown territory than any other single mountain man. Most of the western slope of Wyoming's famous Teton Range is named the Jedediah Smith Wilderness after the great mountain man.

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Reference

1. Maurice S. Sullivan, The Travels of Jedediah Smith (Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1992), 13.

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