John H. Weber

1779 - February 1859

Weber, John H., frontiersman (1779-Feb. 1859). Born in Denmark, he was educated, ran away to sea, became a captain before he was 21, and commanded ships for five years. By 1807 he had reached Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, probably served in the War of 1812, and joined Ashley in 1822. He most likely led Alexander Henry's party up the Yellowstone as far as the Powder River, Where he turned to trapping and trading. In 1824 with others he crossed into the Green River valley, trapping with good success. In further explorations he and others reached Bear Lake, Great Salt Lake and Weber Canyon and Weber River, Utah. The latter two were named for him, as was Bear Lake originally. Weber probably returned from the mountains in 1827, moved to Galena, Illinois, in 1832 and in 1834 to Bellevue, Iowa, where he lived until his death. He was large of frame, fearless, intelligent, somewhat mercurial in temperament, and cut his own throat when plagued by illness, ending his life.


Dale L. Morgan, Eleanor Towles Harris, eds., The Rocky Mountain Journals of William Marshall Anderson. San Marino, Calif., Huntington Library, 1967.