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Frontiersman who participated in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars and led conquests of several Native American tribes. He worked as an apprentice to a Missouri saddle maker when he was fourteen years old. He neither read nor wrote, but was fictionalized as a hero in many novels. He married Josefa Jaramillo in February 1843. The couple had eight children. He served in the American Civil War under the leadership of James Buchanan. [+]