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RUXTON, George Frederick Augustus, English traveller, born in Kent, England, in 1820; died in St. Louis, Missouri. 29 September, 1848. He was educated at Sandhurst military college, which he left at the age of seventeen, and volunteered in the Spanish service during the Carlist war of 1833-'9. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the British army after returning home, went with his regiment to Canada, resigned soon afterward, and spent several years among the Indians and trappers of the west. He subsequently travelled in Africa, and just before the Mexican war made a tour through all the provinces of Mexico, and spent the following winter in the region of the Rocky moun-talus, returning to England in August, 1847. He set out on a second trip to the far west, but died on the way. He was the author of "Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains" (London, 1847), "Life in the Far West" (1849); a pamphlet on the Oregon question, and papers in the "Transactions" of the British ethnological society.
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