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Robert Campbell
Mountain Man & Ulster Scot (1804 -1879)

Made by Northern Irish film-maker Michael Beattie. You can read the background to this film from the producer/director himself and watch some of his other films on Michael's website at:

This documentary film tells the story of Robert Cambell, a young Ulster-Scots immigrant who became an American pioneer. From frontiersman to multi-millionaire.

This is a rags-to-riches adventure story of a penniless Tyrone teenager who left Ulster in 1822 and ultimately became one of the wealthiest men in America. He would count among his friends and fellow travellers Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith, William Sublette, Hugh Glass & Ulysses S Grant.

Robert Campbell was one of the first Ulster-Scots pioneers to open up the American west.

He spent his first 10 years in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, a 'bold and dashing life' he called it, fighting native Americans, enduring the harshest of climates, suffering near starvation with he and his men forced to eat their horses and dogs. Leaving the mountains he became one of the leading citizens of St Louis with a business empire covering every aspect of commerce, property and river trade. In fact he gave Mark Twain his first job as a Missouri riverboat pilot.

You can read more about him here

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