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James Fenimore Cooper
Date: 1789 - 1851
Remarks: lived in Cooperstown, a settlement his father founded. considered to be the first true American novelist. he is best known for Last of the Mohicans, one of the five books in the Leatherstocking Tales. He glorified the frontier and the frontiersman. He believed that while the Native Americans of the past were noble, the ones in his time were seeing their civilization decline. Also important is the character Natty Bumpo.