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Henry Leavenworth, after whom Ft. Leavenworth was named, was a prominent military figure in the white settlement of the American West. Born in 1783, Leavenworth's military career began in 1812 during the war with Great Britain. He established Ft. Snelling in Minnesota in 1819, and during the early 1820s commanded the garrison at Ft. Atkinson in present-day Nebraska. He established Cantonment Leavenworth (later to be designated Ft. Leavenworth) on May 8, 1827 on the banks of the Missouri River. He held this post for two years. Leavenworth died on July 21, 1834.

Date: 1812-1834

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This source works in tandem with his letter (dated May 8, 1827) describing where he located Cantonment Leavenworth; it could also be grouped with other sources about this fort.

KS:7th:1.5:Forts and Trails (2005)

Item Number: 821
Call Number: B , Leavenworth,Henry , *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 821

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