Jedediah Smith

1799 - 1831

Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Strong Smith (January 6, 1799 – May 27, 1831), was an American clerk, transcontinental pioneer, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, author, cartographer, and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, the North American West, and the Southwest during the early 19th century. After 75 years of obscurity following his death, Smith was rediscovered as the American whose explorations led to the use of the 20-mile (32 km)-wide South Pass as the dominant point of crossing the Continental Divide for pioneers on the Oregon Trail. Coming from a modest family background, Smith traveled to St. Louis and joined William H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jedediah Smith has received more than 1,118,666 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 168th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, Jedediah Smith ranks 169 out of 367Before him are John Rolfe, Fernão do Pó, Gerónimo de Aguilar, Cornelis de Houtman, Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, and Nikolai Rezanov. After him are Nuno Tristão, Francisco de Bobadilla, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Gustav Nachtigal, Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney, and Francisco de Montejo.

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Among people born in 1799, Jedediah Smith ranks 20Before him are Rodolphe Töpffer, John Lindley, Anna Atkins, Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Almeida Garrett, and Countess of Ségur. After him are René Caillié, Ferdinand Reich, Duchess Amelia of Württemberg, Princess Maria Anna of Saxony, Henri Druey, and Manuel Bulnes. Among people deceased in 1831, Jedediah Smith ranks 27Before him are Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, Ignaz Pleyel, Maria Szymanowska, Hans Karl von Diebitsch, Heinrich Friedrich Karl vom und zum Stein, and Sébastien Érard. After him are Henri Grégoire, Nat Turner, Princess Louise of Denmark, Jean-Louis Pons, James Hoban, and Ryōkan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jedediah Smith ranks 2,295 out of 12,171Before him are The Undertaker (1965), Lee Hazlewood (1929), Milton L. Humason (1891), Tito Puente (1923), Yaphet Kotto (1939), and Steve Guttenberg (1958). After him are Jermaine Jackson (1954), Elbridge Gerry (1744), Kevin Mitnick (1963), Sofia Coppola (1971), John Edward Williams (1922), and Piper Laurie (1932).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Jedediah Smith ranks 7Before him are Richard E. Byrd (1888), Sacagawea (1780), Davy Crockett (1786), Frederick Cook (1865), Calamity Jane (1852), and Daniel Boone (1734). After him are Jim Bridger (1804), Jimmie Angel (1899), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Don Walsh (1931), George W. De Long (1844), and Lincoln Ellsworth (1880).