Webber, Charles Wilkins

Webber, Charles Wilkins

(1819–56) explorer, journalist; born in Russellville, Ky. He served in the Texas struggle for independence and went to New York City to become a journalist. His acquaintance with John James Audubon influenced his writing, which included The Hunter-Naturalist (1851). He tried but failed to organize exploration expeditions in the Southwest and died in Nicaragua after joining the filibuster expedition of William Walker.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.