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By Ilene Stone

When Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, one among Missouri’s first senators and the great-uncle of the recognized regionalist painter of an analogous identify, was once awaiting his moment baby in 1824, he was hoping it might be a boy. even though he used to be graced as an alternative with a moment woman, he named her Jessie (in honor of his father, Jesse) and raised her extra like a son than a nineteenth-century daughter, introducing her to the prime politicians of the day and ensuring she bought an schooling that emphasised historical past, literature, and languages. Jessie and her father have been shut; Senator Benton was once the most impression in her existence till 1841, while, on the age of seventeen, she married military explorer John Charles Frémont opposed to her mom and dad’ wishes.
            some extent of reconciliation happened while Benton promoted Frémont’s recognized explorations of the nice West. Jessie remained in Missouri with the couple’s younger daughter, Lily, yet she later helped to put in writing and edit stories of her husband’s adventures, and those narratives unfold the entice of the West to nineteenth-century America.
            In 1849 Jessie and Lily made a harrowing and treacherous trip around the Isthmus of Panama to rendezvous with Frémont in San Francisco. With source of revenue from their gold mines, the Frémonts proven a house in California. In 1856, with the rustic close to civil struggle, Frémont’s antislavery place used to be instrumental in his being selected because the Republican Party’s first presidential nominee. Jessie used to be a staunch campaigner for her husband’s unsuccessful presidential bid, which her father, a lifelong Democrat, refused to endorse.
            whilst President Lincoln appointed Frémont because the commander of the dept of the West in 1861, Jessie served as his unofficial aide and closest adviser. In a very dramatic incident, she rushed to Washington, D.C., for a gathering with Lincoln within which she argued passionately for her husband’s notion to emancipate the slaves in Missouri.
            After the Civil battle, the Frémonts’ monetary scenario took a downturn. Undaunted, Jessie supported the relatives by means of writing approximately her adventures within the American West in such works as A yr of yankee Travel and Souvenirs of My Time. Like many girls of her period, Jessie lived her pursuits mostly via her husband’s profession, yet she additionally made a reputation for herself as a author and an organization opponent of slavery.

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