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William Lewis Sublette (September 21, 1799 – July 23, 1845) was a fur trapper, pioneer and mountain man. He was one of five Sublette brothers prominent in the western fur trade; William, Milton, Andrew, Pinkney, and Solomon[1]. William was recruited by William Henry Ashley as part of a fur trapping contingent later referred to as Ashley's Hundred. Sublette went on to acquire Ashley's fur business along with Jedediah Smith and David Edward Jackson. His brother Milton was one of five men who bought out the investment of his brother and his partners in the Rocky Mountain Fur Company.[2]

In 1832, Sublette was wounded in the battle of Pierre's Hole in Idaho. After some uneventful fur business ventures, he finally settled in St. Louis, Missouri. The city of Sublette, Kansas, is named for him.[3]


  1. ^ Sabin, Edwin Legrand; Howard Simon, Marc Simmons (1995). Kit Carson Days, 1809-1868. U of Nebraska Press. p. 922. ISBN 9780803292383.  
  2. ^ Carter, Harvey L. "Robert Campbell" and Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. "Milton G. Sublette", featured in "Trappers of the Far West", Leroy R. Hafen, editor. 1972, Arthur H. Clark Company, reprint University of Nebraska Press, October 1983. ISBN 0-8032-7218-9
  3. ^ Kansas Place-Names, John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, p. 121 ISBN 0-8061-0994-7

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