Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893

Alternative names
Birth 1823-09-16
Death 1893-11-08
French, English

Biographical notes:

Noted American historian from Massachusetts who traveled the Oregon Trail and published extensively on early America.

From the description of Letter, November 27, 1865. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 233593490

Francis Parkman, historian, was born in Boston and educated at Harvard, his father's alma mater. Samuel Parkman was a Unitarian pastor who founded The Parkman Professorship of Pulpit Eloquence and Pastoral Care in The Cambridge Theological School. In 1846, 2 years after graduating from college, Parkman travelled through the Western prairies studying Native Americans. On his return to the East he published a series of papers on his findings in The (New York) Knickerbocker magazine, later cumulated into two volumes. Parkman also wrote several multivolume works on native peoples in America and Canada including History of the conspiracy of Pontiac (1851).

From the description of Letter, 1888 Feb. 9. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122582532

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, September 16, 1823; graduated from Harvard, 1884; studied law, but abandoned it, 1846; traveled in Europe, 1843-44; set out for exploration of the Rocky Mountains, 1846; gave it up on account of bad health and began writing; visited France five times, from 1858-1881 to collect data for his historical labors; wrote a number of books on his travels, etc; Professor of Horticulture at Harvard, 1871-1872; died in Jamaica plain, Massachusetts, November 8, 1893. (blue index cards)

From the description of Francis Parkman papers, 1868,1873-1874. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 320760592

Francis Parkman, historian, was born in Boston, Mass., graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law, and had a strong interest in the American West. After a trip into the Wyoming Territory and exploring the California and Oregon Trail in 1846, Parkman began writing serial installments of The Oregon Trail (published in Knickerbocker Magazine, Feb. 1847-Feb. 1849), one of his most famous works. Parkman would continue to write many volumes of history, mostly about American Indians, the West, the French in America, and the growth of the United States. During most of Parkman's life, he suffered from weak eyes, blinding headaches, and a number of other maladies, but he was always determined to push himself physically to challenge his maladies.

From the description of F. Parkman letters, 1888-1893. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69937787

Epithet: the younger; historian

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001193.0x0002e9


From the description of Papers of Francis Parkman, 1856-1893. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454852

American historian.

From the description of Francis Parkman letters : Boston, to O. H. Marshall and J. G. Shea, 1849, 1867, 1882. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 76158961

Boston historian, author, and horticulturist.

Author of The Oregon trail and a multi-volume series, France and England in North America, documenting the rise and fall of New France.

From the description of Letters : Boston, [Mass.], 1879-1892. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 41069547


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