John Charles Frémont was, and remains, something of an enigma. To his defenders, Frémont will always be “the Pathfinder of the West,” the quintessential explorer marching westward, ever westward. To his detractors, Frémont was an opportunistic bungler, a man who—had it not been for the political connections and journalistic talents of his wife and the dedicated services of his mountain man guides, including Kit Carson—might have simply marched off history's map.The acute accent over the letter e in his name is now often dropped in American-English writings. If still alive, Frémont would not be pleased!
As usual with someone who elicits such strong and divergent passions, the truth lies somewhere in between. Certainly, there is no denying that the West is covered with place-names—Frémont peaks, lakes, rivers, towns, and counties— that mark his paths.
 Walter R. Borneman: Polk • The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America. Random House Trade Paperback Edition, New York, 2009; pages 182-184.