David Edward Jackson

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About David Edward Jackson

David served in the war of 1812 and soon after, he left home and never returned. He was a mountain man and a trapper at Jackson Hole, Wyoming which is named for him.


David Edward Jackson (1788–1837) was an American pioneer, explorer, trader, and fur trapper.

He spent his early life west of the Shenandoah Mountains, in what was then part of Virginia and is now in West Virginia: he was born in Randolph County, and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Jackson, soon moved the family west to Lewis County, on the Cumberland Plateau.

He was one of those who opened the Oregon Trail having explored many connecting valleys in his life as a trapper. By 1826 Jackson bought a majority position in the three year old Rocky Mountain Fur Company, and along with several partners, prospered while the fur bearing beavers remained plentiful; which populations began a quick decline ca. 1833, presumably from over trapping.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is named for him.

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David Edward Jackson's Timeline

October 30, 1788
Randolph County, West Virginia, United States
August 20, 1810
Age 21
March 1812
Age 23
Lewis, West Virginia, United States
October 12, 1813
Age 24
October 12, 1813
Age 24
December 24, 1838
Age 50
Paris, TN, United States