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The young explorer.

A portrait by G. P. A. Healy (1813-1894) is in the collection of the Union League Club of Chicago. It shows Frémont in front of a portion of the view of the Wind River Range drawn by Charles Preuss and published in the 1843 Report. On the left, Island Lake shows at his right elbow, and Fremont Peak over the right shoulder. More about this.


Charles Preuss expedition drawing as backdrop.

The 3rd Expedition and conquest of California, 1845-47

An engraving by Charles Burt, probably from a daguerreotype, published in Walter Colton's Three Years in California, New York, 1850.

First Republican Party candidate for the Presidency.

An engraving from a photograph by Root--the frontispiece from a Memoir of the Life and Public Services of John Charles Frémont by John Bigelow 1856. One of three major biographys published that year. Below, a campaign token--"Free Soil, Free Speech, Frémont!"

The las Mariposas mining years.
There seems to be some verity in this portrait (detail) by Charles Loring Elliott in 1857, which is in the Brooklyn Museum. Still young and fit at age 44.

"The colonel [Frémont] is a man of small stature, of slender but wiry formation, and with a countenance of firmness and decision." Rev Walter Colton, Alcalde, Monterey

"Frémont rode ahead, a spare, active-looking man, with such an eye!" Lieutenant Frederick Walpole, HMS Collingwood, Monterey

"I have seen in no other man the qualities of lightness, activity, strength and physical endurance in such equilibrium. His face is rather thin and embrowned by exposure; his nose bold aquiline and his eyes deep-set and keen as a hawk's." Bayard Taylor.

Civil War. Major General Frémont, by S. N. Carvalho 1864.

Frémont's Emancipation Proclamation, St. Louis, Saturday, Aug. 31, 1861."The property, real and personal, of all persons in the State of Missouri who shall take up arms against the United States, and who shall be directly proven to have taken an active part with their enemies in the field, is declared to be confiscated to the public use; and their slaves, if any they have, are hereby declared free."
Thy error, Frémont, was to act
The brave man's part, without the statesman's tact,
And taking council but of common sense,
To strike at cause as well as consequence.
John Greenleaf Whittier

Retired. About 1888.

Where still some grand peaks mark the way,
Touched by light of parting day,
And memories sun.
Backward amid the twylight glow,
Some lingering spots still brightly show,
On roads hard won.
Major General John Charles Frémont

go A national treasure surfaces: the Carvalho portrait.

go See the current leader in JCF Look-alike Contest.

go See a much published portrait that is NOT Frémont.

 

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