George Champlain Sibley

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George Champlain Sibley

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Great BarringtonBerkshire County Massachusetts
Death: 1863 (81)
Saint Charles St. Charles County Missouri
Place of Burial: Lindenwood College CemeterySaint Charles St. Charles County Missouri
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. John Sibley and Elizabeth Sibley
Husband of Mary Easton Sibley
Brother of Samuel Hopkins Sibley

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About George Champlain Sibley

Soldier. Explorer. Author. He was raised in North Carolina and accepted a commission in the Army in 1804. Sibley was sent to St. Louis as an Indian Factor, and was subsequently ordered on a voyage of exploration. With Osage Indian guides, Sibley explored the Grand Saline River, the Great Salt Plains, and Salt Mountain in what are now Arkansas and Oklahoma, and published a widely read account of his expedition.

. In 1815 he married Mary Easton, daughter of Congressman Rufus Easton, and was appointed Indian factor at Fort Osage near what is now Independence, Missouri, where his genuine concern for Native Americans earned him a favorable reputation. After the government ended the Indian Factor program, Sibley retired as a Major and was appointed a Commissioner to survey the first road from Missouri to New Mexico, replacing the Santa Fe Trail. He subsequently retired to St. Charles, Missouri, where his wife opened a school.

In the 1850s, George and Mary Sibley donated the school's facilities and land for the creation of Lindenwood College, the first woman's college west of the Mississippi. His written works include "The Road to Santa Fe: the Journal and Diaries of George Champlain Sibley and Others." In addition, his Fort Osage diaries and correspondence were the basis of Jeffrey E. Smith's 2003 book "Seeking a Newer World: The Fort Osage Journals and Letters of George Sibley, 1808-1811." 
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George Champlain Sibley's Timeline

Great BarringtonBerkshire County Massachusetts
Age 81
Saint Charles St. Charles County Missouri
Lindenwood College CemeterySaint Charles St. Charles County Missouri