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Gilder, William Henry, 1838-1900



  • Existence: 1838 - 1900


William Henry Gilder was born in 1838. He was a journalist and explorer. His journalism career began after serving in the Civil War as an officer. In 1878, as a correspondent for the "New York Herald," he was second in command on an expedition to discover the bodies of the Sir John Franklin expedition. Their sledge journey crossing Simpson Strait to King William Land covered 3,251 miles, the longest journey then on record. This expedition established the loss of the Franklin party. Gilder also traveled on the U.S.S. "Rodgers" to the Bering Strait in search of the "Jeannette" in 1881. After the destruction of the "Rodgers" he proceeded along the coast and made a hazardous journey across Siberia. His articles were collected in a book, "Ice Pack and Tundra." In later years, Gilder was a correspondent in China when the French took Cachen, and was an editor of two New Jersey newspapers. He died in 1900.

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William Gilder papers

Identifier: Mss-45
Stefansson Mss-45
Date(s): 1880 to 1900

William Henry Gilder (1838-1900), journalist and explorer. Consist of correspondence, a diary, manuscripts of articles, printed articles and newspaper clippings relating to his career as journalist and arctic explorer.

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