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Seth Kinman

American pioneer

Died when: 72 years 148 days (868 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Seth Kinman

Seth Kinman (September 29, 1815 – February 24, 1888) was an early settler of Humboldt County, California, a hunter based in Fort Humboldt, a famous chair maker, and a nationally recognized entertainer.

He stood over 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and was known for his hunting prowess and his brutality toward bears and Indian warriors.

Kinman claimed to have shot a total of over 800 grizzly bears, and, in a single month, over 50 elk.He was also a hotel keeper, saloon keeper, and a musician who performed for President Lincoln on a fiddle made from the skull of a mule.

Known for his publicity seeking, Kinman appeared as a stereotypical mountain man dressed in buckskins on the U.S. east coast and selling cartes de visites of himself and his famous chairs.

The chairs were made from elkhorns and grizzly bear skins and given to U.S.Presidents.Presidents so honored include James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S.

Grant, Rutherford Hayes and Grover Cleveland.He may have had a special relationship with President Lincoln, appearing in at least two of Lincoln's funeral corteges, and claiming to have witnessed Lincoln's assassination.

His autobiography, dictated to a scribe in 1876, was first published in 2010 and is noted for putting "the entertainment value of a story ahead of the strict facts." His descriptions of events change with his retelling of them.

Contemporary journalists and modern writers were clearly aware of the stories contained in the autobiography, "but each chooses which version to accept."

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