Death & Legacy
Frémont had a hard time keeping his finances under control and often found himself in debt. After the Civil War, Frémont experimented in railroad speculation and lost much of his good reputation when he was convicted of fraud for his involvement in the sale of railroad bonds in France. In 1887 the Frémonts settled in Los Angeles but Frémont returned to New York City in 1888 to try and recover their finances through business ventures and a request for a pension. In July 1890, Frémont became very ill and died at the age of seventy-seven on July 13, 1890. Jessie Frémont lived in Los Angeles until her death in 1902.
When Frémont was born in 1813, there were only 18 states making up the United States of America. When Frémont died in 1890, there were 44 states in the Union including Oregon and California. Frémont believed the United States was destined to stretch from sea to shining sea and by the time of his death it did. Frémont’s explorations and reports of the American West contributed to the rapid expansion of the country during his lifetime. His legacy remains drawn into the map of the United States of America.
Map Showing the Acqusition of Territory and Its Distribution among Political Divisions, 1776-1885. John Charles Frémont. Memoirs of My Life. New York: Bedford, Clarke & Company, 1886. Accessed on the Internet Archive.