Author; born in Boston, Mass.
, Sept. 16, 1823; graduated at Harvard College in 1844, and fitted himself for the legal profession, but soon abandoned it. He made a tour of the Rocky Mountains
, and lived for some time among the Dakota Indians
The hardships he
there endured caused a permanent impairment of his health, and through life he suffered from a chronic disease and partial blindness.
Notwithstanding these disabilities he long maintained a foremost rank among trustworthy and accomplished American historians.
His chief literary labors were in the field of inquiry concerning the power of the French
, political and ecclesiastical, in North America
So careful and painstaking were his
labors that he was regarded as authority on those subjects which engaged his pen. Mr. Parkman
's first work was The California and Oregon trail
, in which he embodied his experience in the Far West
His first work on the French
was The conspiracy of Pontiac
(1851). It was followed by Pioneers of France in the New world
(1865); The Jesuits in North America
; The discovery of the Great West
（1869) ; The Old Regime in Canada
(1874); Montcalm and Wolfe
(1883). He died in Boston, Mass.
, Nov. 8, 1893.