Here’s what we know:

Birth: Mar. 28, 1793
Death: Dec. 10, 1864

Indian Agent. Explorer. Author. He was involved with the Native Americans of the Midwest for over thirty years. While working with the Chippewa, he was the first to discover and report the true source of the Mississippi River. It is believe that he was the first non-Native American to visit Lake Itasca while looking for the river’s source. Almost three hundred acres in the area is known today as the Schoolcraft State Park. He wrote many books and reports about the Native Americans, including “Indian Tribes of North America” and “Personal Memories of Thirty Years with the Indian Tribes.”