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William Henry Jackson snippet
He was always going off for three or four days around Omaha as "missionary to the Indians" to make his his famous photographs of the American Indians: Osages, Otoes, Pawnees, Winnebagoes and Omahas.
William Henry Jackson
William Henry Jackson (April 4, 1843 - June 30, 1942) was an American painter, photographer and explorer famous for his images of the American West. He was a great-great nephew of Samuel Wilson, the progenitor of America's national symbol Uncle Sam.
Jackson was born in Keeseville, New York, on April 4, 1843 (the year, when Francis Scott Key died), as the first of seven children to George Hallock Jackson and Harriet Maria Allen.
In 1869 Jackson won the commission from the Union Pacific Railroad to document the scenery along their route for promotional reasons. The following year, he got a last-minute invitation to join the 1871 U.S. government survey (predecessor of USGS) of the Yellowstone River and Rocky Mountains led by Ferdinand Hayden.