HUGH GLASS (c.1780-1833) was an American fur trapper and frontiersman noted for his exploits in the American West during the first third of the 19th century. He is famous as an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River in present day North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Glass was famed, most of all, as a frontier folk hero for his legendary cross-country trek after being mauled by a grizzly bear (drawing is not Hugh, no portrait has ever been found).
Hugh Glass found his head inside the mouth of a big blond Griz, then thrown like a rag doll, ending up on the ground with a gash down his entire body, head to ankle. With Glass near death, the other hunters were going to remain with Glass until he died. Instead, they left him after a day, thinking he was sure to pass. Glass didn’t. Alone, he crawled 325 miles to Fort Atkinson and survived, only to be killed by Arikaras 10 years later along the Yellowstone.