Important People in In the Kingdom of Ice

Hampton Sides
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George De Long

Prior to the launching of the trip, George De Long had become a national hero, something he had not contemplated. Newspapers across the nation sang his praises and predicted that his efforts would result in one of the most brilliant adventures in history. He had rescued the men of an expedition who had been stranded on Greenland.

De Long looked at the expedition to the North Pole as a way to stand out and advance in rank, be placed in command of a ship and achieve a measure of fame. George De Long was born in New York City in August 1844. He was bullied by other kids for his aloof demeanor. He became a bookworm and was drawn to history and stories of great leaders. He became interested in the U.S. Navy during these early years. He met his future wife, Emma, during his...

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