Archibald Palmer, aka: James A. Hamilton (??-1840) - Thought
to have been from England, he was well-educated and many thought him
to have been of noble descent. However, when he arrived in United
States, he was going by the name of James A. Hamilton, which led many
to suspect, he had something to hide. He went to work for the
though he was said to have hated
a strange attitude given his occupation. Other employees of the
were said to hold him in awe because he took a bath and put on a clean
shirt every day. He was in charge of Fort Union,
during much of the 1830s, where he was said to have elegantly hosted a
number of intellectual and titled guests. By 1840; however, he was
living prosperously in
where he died in February, 1840.
Pierre Didier Papin
(1798-1853) - Born at St. Louis, Missouri
on March 7, 1798, he grew up to work for the American Furn Company. In 1829, he formed his own company to compete with his former
employer, but soon sold out to his rival.
He then went
back to work for the American Fur Company, working near the White River,
until about 1842. He then made his way to Fort
before working near Fort John,
Somewhere along the line he married a French woman, and the pair had
four children. He died at Fort John, Nebraska
in May, 1853.
- A French-Canadian, Picotte came to the Missouri River in about 1820
and joined with the Columbia Fur Company, but after its union with the
American Fur Company he joined with others in forming
the French Fur Company in 1827. When it sold to the American Fur
Company in 1830, he went to work for
their Upper Missouri Outfit where he remained for some twenty years.
He became a partner and finally rose to an influential standing in the
company's affairs. During this time he married a Sioux woman and
gained a great deal of influence among the tribe. He was stationed for
many years at Fort Pierre.