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William Sublette

Born: Sep 21, 1798

Death: Jul 23, 1845

Birthplace: Kentucky

Nationality: United States

William Sublette

Date of Birth : Sep 21, 1798
Date of Death : Jul 23, 1845
Birth Place : Kentucky

William Lewis Sublette was a fur trapper, pioneer and mountain man, who, with his brothers after 1823, became an agent of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, exploiting the riches of the Oregon Country, which helped settle the best routes later improved into the Oregon Trail. He was one of five Sublette brothers prominent in the western fur trade: William, Milton, Andrew, Pinkney, and Solomon. Sublette was one of the leaders among the American mountain men pushing hard against the British companies active in the American fur trade in the Pacific Northwest and against the American Fur Company trappers in the high Rockies and other Incorporated territories of the United States. He retired from high-risk trapping activities, venturing near hostile Amerindians, after being wounded at the Rendezvous of 1832 in the Battle of Pierre's Hole, which, some accounts claim, he hotheadedly triggered in his actions prior to the gun battle. After recuperating over a year back in St.

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