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John C. Frémont and the Mormons: A Conversation with Alexander L. Baugh

Nearly three decades ago, Alexander L. Baugh completed a master’s thesis on the celebrated but controversial government explorer and political figure John C. Frémont. Now a professor of church history at Brigham Young University, Baugh recently returned to his research and gave it a second look. His essay in the fall 2015 Utah Historical Quarterly fuses his master’s research with his latest thinking to detail surprising insights into Frémont’s travels and their influence on settlement in the Great Basin and along the Wasatch Front. In this interview, we asked Baugh about his research and the life and significance of a man who profoundly shaped the western landscape.