Thomas “Broken Hand” Fitzpatrick

Thomas “Broken Hand” Fitzpatrick

Birth
Ireland
Death 7 Feb 1854 (aged 54–55)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Range 27, Site 208
Memorial ID 8080246 · View Source
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Explorer. US Indian Agent. He was one of the "Mountain Men," a group of explorers credited with opening up the western United States. During his travels, he discovered the "South Pass" through the Rocky Mountains. The South Pass became a main passage into the Oregon Territory for settlers. He worked as a guide, among the groups he led were the John Bidwell party, believe to be the first "emigrant train" to California. He served as an Indian Agent for the United States, having already gained the respect of many Native Americans. The Nez Perce nicknamed him "Broken Hand" due to an accident which left him missing two fingers. He was the subject of the book, "Broken Hand, the Life of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man, Guide and Indian Agent."

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  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 12 Nov 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8080246
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas “Broken Hand” Fitzpatrick (1799–7 Feb 1854), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8080246, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .