Russel Farnham was born in Massachusetts back in 1784. I have no information about his early childhood, schooling or even the names of his parents. What I can tell you is that he was hired as a clerk for the Pacific Fur Company. He traveled by sea around the Cape Horn arriving on the Pacific coast.
In 1811, he fought the Indians at The Dalles, where he built a trading post near Spokane. In 1814, he was entrusted for 40,000.00 sterling relating to the sale of a trading post by the North-West Company. He was ordered to deliver them to St. Petersburg. During his journey, he suffered from exposure and malnutrition. He once was forced to cut and eat the tops of his own boots to survive. He did survive the trip, but it took a toll on his health.
What you may not know about Russel is that the trip he took he did so my foot, crossing the Bering Straits on an ice sheet making his was to St. Petersburg and onto Paris eventually arriving in New York City. He was the first American to semi-circumnavigate the world. He died in 1832, he was 48.
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