1842 - David Mitchell becomes Indian superitendent

D. D. Mitchell, Indian Superintendent, fur trader, Treaty commissioner

      When Harrison was elected president, the American Fur Company feared that a fellow Whig and fierce adversary of the company, John Dougherty, would replace Joshua Pilcher as the superintendant of Indians in the West, thereby controlling the trade of furs.  But the Choteau family and their many influential friends leaned on their Democrat ally, Senator Benton, to secure the appointment of David Mitchell, who was named as a 'compromise candidate' for the St. Louis superintendency despite his long association with the AFC.