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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1806

Vol. I

(Born Mo.)

Auguste Chouteau​a

(Ap'd Mo.)

Auguste Pierre Chouteau: Born May 9, 1786, St. Louis, MO.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, July 17, 1804, to June 20, 1806, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Ensign, 2d Infantry, June 20, 1806.

Served on the S. W. Frontier, threatened by Spanish invasion from Texas, 1806‑7, as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.-General Wilkinson.

Resigned, Jan. 13, 1807.

Civil History. — Indian Trader in the Western Territories and States, 1808‑38. U. S. Commissioner to treat with the Comanche Indians, Apr. 7, 1837, to Dec. 25, 1838.

Died, Dec. 25, 1838, at the Saline, near Fort Gibson, I. T.: Aged 56.

Thayer's Note:

a The young man owed his appointment, by Jefferson himself, to the usefulness of winning over his family, one of the most prominent in the just-acquired Louisiana Territory ("The Chouteaus and their Commercial Enterprises", Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. 11, No. 2; also, in connection with Wilkinson, J. R. Jacobs, Tarnished Warrior, p218 f.); but the family name appears in all kinds of contexts thruout a wide area of the central Mississippi River basin — see for example P. Chouteau's trading post on the Des Moines River and the jealousies it excited, in History of Wapello County, Iowa, pp32‑34 and passim. See also my note to the biographical sketch, also in Cullum's Register, of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Gabriel René Paul.

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