Jessie Benton Frémont


Jessie Benton Frémont

A Woman Who Made History

Catherine Coffin Phillips
Introduction by Christine Bold

361 pages


April 1995


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About the Book

A favorite of President Andrew Jackson and the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, Jessie Benton was acquainted with the famous from childhood. When the vivacious belle met John C. Frémont, “the handsomest young man who ever walked the streets of Washington,” love bloomed.
Always passionately devoted to the controversial explorer, soldier, and politician, Jessie bore John five children, maintained a family life, charmed and campaigned on his behalf, and helped him write the popular reports of his western trailblazing. These pages, filled with public figures such as Kit Carson and Abraham Lincoln, present a lively and fearless woman.

Author Bio

Catherine Coffin Phillips, whose family knew Jessie Frémont during her last years in Los Angeles, had access to private letters. Introducing this Bison Book edition is Christine Bold, an assistant professor of English at the University of Guelph, and the author of Selling the Wild West: Popular Western Fiction, 1860 to 1960.


“Jessie Benton Frémont, witty, fearless, determined, beautiful, was one of the most admirable women of her long generation. . . . Even the cynical must admit that it is a beautiful story.”—Allan Nevins, New York Times