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Robert Edwin Peary
Birth: May 6, 1856
Cresson
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 1920
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

American explorer and Naval officer who led the first expedition to the North Pole. In 1909, Peary, Matthew A. Henson, and four Eskimos were the first people to reach the North Pole. In 1908, after having already attempted two trips to the North Pole, Peary and his party sailed to Ellesmere Island (at the far north of Canada) on the USS Roosevelt. In early March, 1909, the expedition (Matthew A. Henson, Dr. John W. Goodsell, Donald B. MacMillion, Ross G. Marvin, George Borup and Captain Robert Bartlett) left their base camp at Cape Columbia and headed north in dog sleds (which Henson built). Peary, Henson and four Eskimos reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909 (the others turned back at various places along the way). It is now thought that Peary and Henson may have been 30-60 miles (50-100 km) short of reaching the pole (because of navigational mistakes that were made). Frederick A. Cook (who had accompanied Peary on an earlier expedition) later claimed to have reached the North Pole before Peary, in April 1908; this claim was later rejected completely as a cruel hoax. (bio by: Alisohn - Highly Favored and Blessed) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Josephine Diebitsch Peary (1863 - 1955)*
 
 Children:
  Marie Ahnighito Peary Stafford (1893 - 1978)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot S-15, Grid X-8.5
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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