Jessie Benton Fremont

Frémont, Jessie Benton

Jessie Benton Frémont (frē´mŏnt), 1824–1902, American author, b. Lexington, Va.; daughter of Thomas H. Benton and wife of John Charles Frémont. Her elopement with the dashing Frémont caused a temporary break with her father. She was very helpful to her husband, aiding him in writing his able reports and encouraging his exploits. When their fortune was lost, she helped to support the household by her writing, turning out chiefly books recounting her own experiences—A Year of American Travel (1878), Souvenirs of My Time (1887), Far West Sketches (1890), and The Will and the Way Stories (1891). She also helped her husband write his memoirs.

See biography by P. Herr (1988).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Jessie Benton Frémont: A Woman Who Made History
Catherine Coffin Phillips.
University of Nebraska Press, 1995
Frémont, Pathmarker of the West
Allan Nevins.
University of Nebraska Press, 1992
Jessie Ann Benton Fremont (1824-1902). (Legacy Profile)
Petrulionis, Sandra Harbert.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2001
The Fremonts and Emancipation in Missouri
Volpe, Vernon L.
The Historian, Vol. 56, No. 2, Winter 1994
Women during the Civil War: An Encyclopedia
Judith E. Harper.
Routledge, 2003
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