Daniel Boone
November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820
Was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United
States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the
other side of the mountains from the settled areas. Despite some resistance from American Indian tribes such as the Shawnee, in 1775
Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into
Kentucky. There he founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians.
Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked
by Boone.
John Wilkes Booth
May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865
Was a famous American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14,
1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known
actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln, and strongly opposed the abolition of slavery
in the United States.
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Pearl S. Buck
June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973
Was an American writer who spent most of her life until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in
the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and
truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."
After her return to the United States in 1935, she continued her prolific writing career, and became a prominent advocate of the rights
of women and minority groups, and wrote widely on Asian cultures, becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of
Asian and mixed race adoption.
Calamity Jane
Martha Jane Canary
May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903
Was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but
also for having gained fame fighting Indians. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and
needy. This contrast helped to make her a famous frontier figure.
Kit Carson
Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson
December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868
Was an American frontiersman and Indian fighter. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain
man and trapper in the West. Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and
married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led 'the Pathfinder' through much of
California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved national fame through Fremont's accounts of his expeditions. He became the
hero of many dime novels.