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Heinrich Lienhard

Born: 1822 in Bilten, Canton Glarus, Switzerland
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: In his childhood, the author emigrated to Highland, Illinois

Biography: Heinrich was a Swiss immigrant to the United States. He left Switzerland at the age of 21. His reminiscences for the years 1822 to 1850 are an important historical source for the California Trail and Sutter's Fort in California from 1846 to 1850.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Heinrich Lienhard on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

New worlds to seek :
ISBN: 0809322331 OCLC: 40901161

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : 2000.

"Lienhard's account of his early years consists of four segments: his boyhood and young manhood in the Swiss canton of Glarus, 1824-1843; his journey to America, August-November 1843; his two and a half years in Highland, Illinois; and his life in the upper Mississippi Valley. This section ends in April 1846, when Lienhard began the arduous and dangerous journey from St. Louis to Captain John Sutter's fort at New Helvetia, California."