Lost Voices on the Missouri-John Dougherty and the Indian Frontier


The question of the route taken by John Dougherty and Andrew Henry to and from the winter encampment on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in 1810 – 1811 will continue to be a very difficult problem. The best research we have at this time can be found in Mark Kelly’s work. Kelly’s study provides the reader with excellent information which answers many questions.

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  • Hardcover: 855 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615683754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615683751
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds

By Mark William Kelly
John Dougherty participated in every notable aspect of the western frontier from the return of Lewis and Clark to the first rumblings of the War Between the States. Dougherty made significant contributions in the fur trade of the upper Missouri alongside such notable individuals as John Colter and Andrew Henry. He was an interpreter and natural historian to the team of scientists and painters – notably Thomas Say, Samuel Seymour, and Titian Peale – accompanying Stephen H. Long on the first federally-sponsored scientific expedition to the interior of the continent. John Dougherty’s skills as interpreter and sub-Indian agent facilitated the reach of the U.S. Army up the Missouri River to establish the remote outposts of Martin’s Cantonment and Fort Atkinson. In the 1830s, Dougherty responsibly conducted the duties of his office as Indian agent on behalf of the tribes of the upper Missouri River during the rise of Jacksonian democracy, pleading all the while to remedy the discord wrought by Indian removal – the placement of too many tribes within an area possessing insufficient resources to accommodate the needs of the total. While he personally eschewed religious revivalism, John Dougherty endorsed and ably assisted the outreach of missionaries John Dunbar, Samuel Allis, and Moses Merrill to the Pawnee and Otoe Indians to forward the assimilation of those tribes. He platted and built his own jump-off town on the Missouri River to accommodate westward expansion and conducted emigrant trade on the Oregon and California roads in company with Robert Campbell, facilitating the successful trek of those later travelers bent on traversing the Great Plains to the western slopes of the continent. John Dougherty served Clay County in the Missouri legislature as a Whig congressman in 1840 – determined to negate the influence of the American Fur Company and to reduce the calamitous effects of illicit liquor trade with Indians as countenanced by that entity.

Sam Clark Publishing Co., 2013

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Dimensions 10.2 × 7.2 × 2.2 in