Last week —
… we examined the outlaw sheriff operating in and around Virginia City-Bannack, in the Idaho/Montana Territory. This week, we will look at a man who some would argue was as bad as the outlaw sheriff, only better connected. His name was Granville Stuart, younger brother of James Stuart, the sons of Robert and Nancy Stuart of Harrison County, Virginia. Ultimately, history remembers Granville as a pioneer, gold prospector, businessman, civic leader, vigilante, author, cattleman, and diplomat — a man who played a prominent role in the development of Montana.
Granville Stuart was born on 27 August 1834 in Harrison County, Virginia (later, West Virginia). After a brief stay in Illinois in 1834, the Stuart family moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, where young Granville and his brother James learned to hunt, explore, and develop fieldcraft skills.
In 1849, Granville’s father Robert made his way to the California…
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