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This Day in Georgia History

July 13, 1890

John C. Fremont Died

Military officer, explorer, and politician John C. Fremont died in New York City at age 76. Born in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 21, 1813, Fremont was educated at Charleston College. As an officer in the U.S. Army Topographical Corps, he surveyed the Carolina mountains. In the 1840s and early ’50s, Fremont’s explorations of the West made him nationally famous and helped launch a political career. Fremont served as U.S. Senator from California (1850-51), later becoming the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party in 1856. He carried 11 states but lost the election. During the Civil War, Fremont served as a Union Army officer. Later, he served as governor of the Arizona Territory.

To view a historical marker on Fremont’s birthplace, see the Digital Library of Georgia.