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Charles Bent
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TitleCharles Bent
AbstractBiographical chapter in the book about Charles Bent (1799-1847), "fur trapper and trader, Santa Fe trader, part owner of Bent's Fort on the Arkansas [River], and governor of New Mexico." He was a native of Virginia raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and became a surveyor and clerk for fur trading companies such as the Missouri Fur Company, with whom he first went to the Southwest in the early 1820s. He became associated with Andrew Drips, David Waldo, William Waldo, brother William Bent, Albert Pike, and others in and around New Mexico before co-founding Bent's Fort with partner Ceran Saint Vrain (Bent, St. Vrain and Company) west of Santa Fe. He was "appointed the first U.S. civil governor of New Mexico" in 1846 following the Mexican War but a year later was "brutally slain in his own house" during "the Taos Revolt of January 19, 1847."
NotesCharles Bent's father, Silas Bent, was an early western surveyor and "Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri Territory, 1813-1821." "On July 4, 1825, the partners [with Bent and his fur company] obtained a license from Superintendent William Clark 'to trade at the mouth of the Kanzas River' [Kansas River]" and other ports on the Missouri (page 272). In 1831 Bent stopped in Independence, Missouri with a "party of seventy-five men, with ten wagons, some purchased oxen, repaired their wagons and added to their stores before pressing on to Council Grove" (page 279).
AuthorLeRoy R. Hafen
SourceFur Trappers and Traders of the Far Southwest
LocationMVSC 979.02 F983
Chapter TitleCharles Bent
Local SubjectBent, Charles
Bent's Fort
Fur Trade
Saint Vrain, Ceran
Bent, St. Vrain and Company
Bent, William W.
Item TypeBook
Access This ItemThis document is not available online. You may come to the Missouri Valley Room to view it or request a photocopy from the Library's Document Delivery service. https://www.kclibrary.org/services/copy-requests
Item ID211881
CONTENTdm number10530
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