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The Resource Frontier swashbuckler : the life and legend of John Smith T, Dick Steward

Frontier swashbuckler : the life and legend of John Smith T, Dick Steward

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Frontier swashbuckler : the life and legend of John Smith T
Title
Frontier swashbuckler
Title remainder
the life and legend of John Smith T
Statement of responsibility
Dick Steward
Creator
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Few frontiersmen in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century epitomized the reckless energies of the West and the lust for adventure as did John Smith T{u2014}pioneer, gunfighter, entrepreneur, militia colonel, miner, judge, and folk hero. In this fascinating biography, Dick Steward traces the colorful Smith T's life from his early days in Virginia through his young adulthood. He then describes Smith T's remarkable career in the wilds of Missouri and his armed raids to gain land from Indians, Spaniards, and others. Born into the fifth generation of Virginia gentry, young Smith first made his name on the Tennessee frontier. It was there that he added the "T" to his name to distinguish his land titles and other enterprises from those of the hosts of other John Smiths. By the late 1790s he owned or laid claim to more than a quarter million acres in Tennessee and northern Alabama. In 1797, Smith T moved to Missouri, then a Spanish territory, and sought to gain control of its lead-mining district by displacing the most powerful American in the region, Moses Austin. He acquired such public positions as judge of the court of common pleas, commissioner of weights and levies, and lieutenant colonel of the militia, which enabled him to mount a spirited assault on Austin's virtual monopoly of the lead mines. Although neither side emerged a winner from that ten-year-old conflict, it was during this period that Smith T's fame as a gunfighter and duelist spread across the West. Known as the most dangerous man in Missouri, he was said to have killed fourteen men in duels. Smith T was also recognized by many for his good works. He donated land for churches and schools and was generous to the poor and downtrodden. He epitomized the opening of the West, helping to build towns, roads, and canals and organizing trading expeditions. Even though Smith T was one of the most notorious characters in Missouri history, by the late nineteenth century he had all but disappeared from the annals of western history. Frontier Swashbuckler seeks to rescue both the man and the legend from historical obscurity. At the same time, it provides valuable insights into the economic, political, and social dynamics of early Missouri frontier history."--Publishers website
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1942-
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Steward, Dick
Dewey number
  • 977.8/603/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
F466
LC item number
.S854 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
Series statement
Missouri biography series
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  • Businessmen
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Pioneers
  • Smith T, John
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
Label
Frontier swashbuckler : the life and legend of John Smith T, Dick Steward
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Twilight Years
  • Smith T: The Myths, Legends, and Folklore
  • Tennessee Roots
  • To the Western Frontier
  • The Road to Selma
  • Burr and Thwarted Ambition
  • Rebounding from Dishonor and Disaster
  • Years of Tumult
  • To Texas--Again?
  • At the Top of His Game
Control code
42080298
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 264 pages
Isbn
9780826212481
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99043617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Label
Frontier swashbuckler : the life and legend of John Smith T, Dick Steward
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Twilight Years
  • Smith T: The Myths, Legends, and Folklore
  • Tennessee Roots
  • To the Western Frontier
  • The Road to Selma
  • Burr and Thwarted Ambition
  • Rebounding from Dishonor and Disaster
  • Years of Tumult
  • To Texas--Again?
  • At the Top of His Game
Control code
42080298
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 264 pages
Isbn
9780826212481
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99043617
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits

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