1778 ca1838, Mar 26
an American who pioneered as a miner, land speculator, manufacturer, territorial militia officer, politician, frontiersman, trapper, fur trader, entrepreneur, and hunter. Ashley was best known for being the co-owner with Andrew Henry of the highly successful Rocky Mountain Fur Incorporated, otherwise known as "Ashley's Hundred" for the famous mountain men working for the firm from 1822-1834. In late 1824 he explored present-day northern Colorado, ascending the South Platte River to the base of the Front Range, then ascending the Cache la Poudre River to the Laramie Plains and onward to the Green River.
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02/13/1822-Missouri Lieutenant Governor William Henry Ashley advertises for western fur trappers
06/02/1823-William Henry Ashley's fur trappers attacked by Indians
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