An Excellent Frontier Memoir

    Granville Stuart. Forty Years on the Frontier as seen in the Journals and Reminiscences of Granville Stuart Gold-Miner, Trader, Merchant, Rancher and Politician. Edited by Paul C. Phillips. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1925.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. [2, blank], 272, [2, blank]; [2, blank], 265, [1, blank] pages. Index. Ten inserted plates, including two frontispiece, each with tissue guard.

    Publisher's full blue straight-grain cloth, spines ruled and lettered in gilt. Each volume has a neat ownership signature dated in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Some inoffensive pencil markings throughout. Fine.

    Adams 150. Dobie, pp. 121-122. Herd 2195. Howes S1096. Six-Guns 2160. Six Score 106.

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    Granville Stuart (1834-1918) was a prospector, cattle baron, frontiersman, vigilante, author, and U.S. Ambassador. He was one of the first prospectors to find gold in Montana, sparking a gold rush to that state. He later formed a cattle ranch, and helped to organize the Montana Stock Growers Association in 1884. In an effort to combat the rising occurrences of cattle rustling, Stuart began the vigilante organization, Stuart's Stranglers, which brought rough frontier justice to dozens of outlaws. After years of success in business, Stuart became interested in politics, eventually being appointed to the position of U. S. ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay. In his latter years, he devoted himself to preserving Montana history, being involved in several historical preservation societies. So influential was he to Montana, he is sometimes referred to as "Mr. Montana."

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