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Grand Banner of the Radical Democracy, 1864
John C. Frémont on an 1864 campaign poster for President of the United States

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John C. Frémont Was Found Guilty Of Mutiny
January 31, 1848

In spite of this episode, Frémont remained popular with the American public. He and his wife, Jesse Benton Frémont, stayed in California. During the gold rush, Frémont became a multimillionaire. In 1850 he was elected as one of California's first senators.

Frémont had established a reputation as an outspoken abolitionist, speaking out against slavery. The Republican Party nominated Frémont as its first presidential candidate in 1856 and wanted him to run again in 1864. He campaigned as the "Pathfinder" who would lead the country out of the shame of slavery. Although he never became president, Frémont did not give up his efforts to free the slaves.

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