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Osborne Russell

Osborne Russell was born in a little Maine village in 1814. He ran away to sea at sixteen, but he soon gave up seafaring to serve with a trading and trapping company in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 1834, he signed up for Nathaniel Wyeth's expedition to the Rocky Mountains and the mouth of the Columbia. Subsequently he joined Jim Bridger's brigade of old Rocky Mountain Fur Company men, continuing after a merger that left the American Fur Company in control of the trade. When the fur trade...See more