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Whitman, Marcus

Born: 1802 AD
Died: 1847 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Missionaries, Physicians

1802 – He was born this year in the Oregon Country. He is famous for leading the first large party of wagon trains along the Oregon Trail.


1834 – He applied to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.


1835 – He traveled with missionary Samuel Parker to present-day north-western Montana and northern Idaho, to minister to the Native American bands of the Flathead and Nez Percé people.


1836 – He, and a group of other missionaries including Henry H. Spalding, joined a caravan of fur traders and traveled west, establishing several missions as well as their own settlement.


1843 – He traveled east, and on his return he helped lead the first large group of wagon trains west from Fort Hall, in eastern Idaho.


1847 – He died this year in their house together with twelve other white settlers in the community were also killed.


1953 – The state of Washington donated a statue of Whitman to the National Statuary Hall Collection.