List of people in Montana history

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State of Montana

This is a list of notable figures in the history of pre-territorial Montana, Montana Territory and the state of Montana. Individuals listed played significant roles in the exploration and settlement of the region as well as the cultural, economic, military and political development of the territory and state.

Montana is a state located in the Western United States. Added to the U.S. in 1803 and explored by Lewis and Clark, the territory was home to numerous Indian tribes. In the mid-19th century the discovery of gold silver or copper and other minerals led to a mining boom. Settlement by farmers and ranchers began as the railroads built a network linking Montana to Minneapolis in the East, Denver and the South, and Seattle in the West. At the state has produced numerous important politicians, especially in the Democratic Party, as well as famous entrepreneurs who built the mining industry, and the numerous small cities.

Pre-territorial period[edit]

Pierre-Jean De Smet

Montana Territory (1864–1889)[edit]

Portrait of John Bozeman[1]

The Territory of Montana was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 28, 1864, until November 8, 1889, when it was admitted to the Union as the State of Montana. This era was characterized by fighting between the Plains Indians and the U.S. Army, large-scale mining operations, large cattle up ranching operations, and the arrival of the railroads.

State of Montana (19th century)[edit]

William H. Clagett

State of Montana (20th century)[edit]

Jeanette Rankin, February 1917, just before becoming the first woman in Congress

State of Montana (21st century)[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Bonney, Orrin H.; Bonney, Lorraine (1970). Battle Drums and Geysers-The Life And Journals Of Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, Soldier And Explorer Of The Yellowstone And Snake River Regions. Chicago: Swallow Press. pp. 3–158. 
  3. ^ Milner, Clyde A.; O'Conner, Carol A. (2009). As Big As The West-The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-512709-6. 
  4. ^ Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden and the Founding of the Yellowstone National Park. Washington, D.C: United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office. 1973. 
  5. ^ Retrieved 22-07-2009
  6. ^ Lucey, Donna M. (2001). Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing. ISBN 0-87842-425-3. 
  7. ^ "George Francis Grant (1906-2008): fly tyer, environmentalist, founder". Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Women in Congress-Jeannette Rankin". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  9. ^ Hanna, Warren L. (1988). "James Willard Schultz-The Pikuni Storyteller". Stars over Montana-Men Who Made Glacier National Park History. West Glacier, MT: Glacier Natural History Association. pp. 95–111. ISBN 091679064 Check |isbn= value (help).