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Jessie Benton Fremont

Attribution
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Printer
Chicago Albumen Works
Sitter
Jessie Benton Frémont, 31 May 1824 - 27 Dec 1902
Date
c. 1863 (printed later)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions
Image: 9 × 6 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 14.7 × 8.2 cm (5 13/16 × 3 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
NPG.81.M95.D2
Exhibition Label
Born Rockbridge County, Virginia
Jessie Benton Frémont spent her life in the public eye—as the daughter of Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton, as the wife of noted explorer John C. Frémont, and later as a popular author. Jessie secured her father’s backing for Frémont to lead a series of government-sponsored expeditions that played a pivotal role in promoting overland migra- tion to the far west. Upon Frémont’s return from the first of these expeditions in 1842, Jessie helped to write the vivid report of his findings that first brought him national recognition. When Frémont ran as the first Republican candidate for president in 1856, she took an active part in his campaign. In September 1861, after President Lincoln reprimanded General Frémont for his conduct as commander of the Union Army’s Western Department, Jessie hurried to Washington, D.C. There, she confronted the president in a futile effort to salvage her husband’s Civil War command.
Nacida en Rockbridge County, Virginia
Jessie Benton Frémont pasó su vida ante la mirada pública: como hija de Thomas Hart Benton, senador por Misuri, como esposa del notable explorador John C. Frémont y como escritora popular. Jessie logró el respaldo de su padre para que Frémont emprendiera importantes expediciones auspiciadas por el gobierno que fomentarían la migración por tierra hacia el lejano oeste del país. Cuando Frémont regresó de la primera expedición en 1842, Jessie lo ayudó a escribir un vívido recuento que le ganó prestigio nacional. En 1856 también participó en la campaña de Frémont como primer candidato republicano a la presidencia. En septiembre de 1861, cuando el presidente Lincoln reprendió al entonces general Frémont por su conducta como comandante del departamento occidental del Ejército de la Unión, Jessie acudió a Washington, D.C., para confrontar al presidente en un inútil intento de salvar la autoridad de esposo.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b
Exhibition
Storied Women of the Civil War Era
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b