Today in History: John C. Frémont

Col. Fremont planting the American standard on the Rocky Mountains
Today in History–January 31–the Library of Congress features John C. Frémont, who was court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders on this day in 1848. This decision was later reversed by President James Polk and did little to thwart the progress of this explorer turned politician known as the “pathfinder”.  Learn more about the extraordinary fortunes of Frémont, the 1856 republican presidential candidate, by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover more primary source treasures.

John C. Frémont Was Found Guilty Of Mutiny from America’s Library

Who is John C. Frémont? John C. Frémont Days

Narrative of the exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842, and to Oregon and north California in the years 1843-’44

More John C. Frémont books & articles

John C. Frémont correspondence

John C. Frémont historical newspaper coverage 1836-1865

Maps by John C. Frémont

John C. Frémont sheet music

John C. Frémont images

Presidential Election of 1856: A Resource Guide

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Migration primary source lesson

Timely Connections: Individual Influence