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The Resource From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell, William R. Nester, (electronic resource)

From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell, William R. Nester, (electronic resource)

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From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell
Title
From mountain man to millionaire
Title remainder
the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell
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William R. Nester
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eng
Summary
  • Robert Campbell (1804-1879) came to America from Ireland in 1822 and entered the fur trade soon thereafter. He quickly rose from trapper to brigade leader to partner, all within a half dozen years. In the mid-1830s, Campbell retired from the mountains, having already amassed considerable wealth, and embarked on a new career. He returned to St. Louis and built up a business empire that embraced mercantile, steamboat, railroad, and banking interests. Through these ventures he not only gained more wealth but also became a leading force behind the development of the region's economy. Exploring the enormous treasure trove of letters, journals, and account books that Campbell left behind, William Nester places Campbell in the context of the times in which he lived, showing the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that provided the opportunities and challenges that shaped his life
  • Robert Campbell (1804-1879) came to America from Ireland in 1822 and entered the fur trade soon thereafter. He quickly rose from trapper to brigade leader to partner, all within a half dozen years. In the mid-1830s, Campbell retired from the mountains, having already amassed considerable wealth, and embarked on a new career. He returned to St. Louis and built up a business empire that embraced mercantile, steamboat, railroad, and banking interests. Through these ventures he not only gained more wealth but also became a leading force behind the development of the region's economy. Exploring the enormous treasure trove of letters, journals, and account books that Campbell left behind, William Nester places Campbell in the context of the times in which he lived, showing the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that provided the opportunities and challenges that shaped his life
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MdBmJHUP
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1956-
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Nester, William R.
Dewey number
978/.02/092
LC call number
F592.C263
LC item number
N47 2011
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  • Project Muse
  • Project Muse
Series statement
Missouri biography series
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  • Campbell, Robert
  • Fur trade
  • Businessmen
  • Fur traders
  • Pioneers
  • Missouri
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
Summary expansion
The western fur trade eraa time when trappers and traders endured constant danger from man, beast, and weatherwas one of the most colorful periods in American history. Over a decade ago, William R. Nester wrote the first biography of Robert Campbell (18041879); the subsequent discovery of nearly five hundred new documents, most from two major caches of letters, led to this even-more-detailed and vivid account of Campbells self-described bold and dashing life.Campbell came to America from Ireland in 1822 and entered the fur trade soon after. He quickly rose from trapper to brigade leader to partner, all within a half dozen years, and this new edition includes an expanded narrative of his adventures in the Rocky Mountain fur trade. In the mid-1830s, having amassed considerable wealth, Campbell retired from the mountains and embarked on a new career. He returned to St. Louis and built up a business empire that embraced mercantile, steamboat, railroad, and banking interests, thus becoming a leading force behind the regions economic development. A more extensive account of the cutthroat business world in which Campbell operated now enriches this portion of the book.Nester masterfully depicts the sterling character for which Campbell was renowned. Campbell enjoyed deep and enduring friendships and strong familial ties, both in America and abroad. Although he was an outstanding businessman and philanthropist, his personal life was marred by tragedy. Ten of his thirteen children died prematurely. Despite those tragic losses, his faith in God never faltered. He believed that all worldly successes should honor God and once wrote that , all worldly gain is but dross. This edition elucidates the complex relations among his family and chronicles both tragic events and humorous incidents in more depth.Exploring the letters, journals, and account books that Campbell left behind, Nester places him in the context of the times in which he lived, showing the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that provided the opportunities and challenges that shaped his life. Nester provides new insights into Campbells ownership of slaves, his attitudes toward slavery, and his behind-the-scenes political and economic activities during the Civil War. This comprehensive exploration of Robert Campbells life depicts a fascinating era in American history
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From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell, William R. Nester, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-303) and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments -- Robert Campbell family life spans -- Introduction : a bold and dashing life -- Old and new worlds, 1804-1825 -- The Shining Mountains, 1825-1829 -- Worldly triumphs, 1829-1833 -- Fort William, 1833-1835 -- A home and family of his own, 1835-1845 -- Wealth, power, and tragedy, 1846-1859 -- Civil War, 1860-1865 -- New directions, 1865-1879 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
  • Acknowledgments -- Robert Campbell family life spans -- Introduction : a bold and dashing life -- Old and new worlds, 1804-1825 -- The Shining Mountains, 1825-1829 -- Worldly triumphs, 1829-1833 -- Fort William, 1833-1835 -- A home and family of his own, 1835-1845 -- Wealth, power, and tragedy, 1846-1859 -- Civil War, 1860-1865 -- New directions, 1865-1879 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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OCM1bookssj0000674290
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unknown
Edition
Rev. and expanded ed.
Extent
1 online resource (1 electronic text (viii, 311 p.) :)
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780826219299
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(print)
Other physical details
ill., digital file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000674290
Label
From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell, William R. Nester, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-303) and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments -- Robert Campbell family life spans -- Introduction : a bold and dashing life -- Old and new worlds, 1804-1825 -- The Shining Mountains, 1825-1829 -- Worldly triumphs, 1829-1833 -- Fort William, 1833-1835 -- A home and family of his own, 1835-1845 -- Wealth, power, and tragedy, 1846-1859 -- Civil War, 1860-1865 -- New directions, 1865-1879 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
  • Acknowledgments -- Robert Campbell family life spans -- Introduction : a bold and dashing life -- Old and new worlds, 1804-1825 -- The Shining Mountains, 1825-1829 -- Worldly triumphs, 1829-1833 -- Fort William, 1833-1835 -- A home and family of his own, 1835-1845 -- Wealth, power, and tragedy, 1846-1859 -- Civil War, 1860-1865 -- New directions, 1865-1879 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000674290
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Rev. and expanded ed.
Extent
1 online resource (1 electronic text (viii, 311 p.) :)
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780826219299
Isbn Type
(print)
Other physical details
ill., digital file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000674290

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