His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark. He led expeditions up the Missouri River, discovered the South Pass through the Rockies and the first land route to California. He led settlers across the Santa Fe Trail, the Mojave Desert and up the Oregon Coast. His name was Jedediah Smith, born this day, June 24, 1798. In a letter to his brother, Jedediah Smith wrote: "Many Hostile ... Indians inhabit this Space. ... In August ... ten Men ... with me lost their lives by the Amuchabas Indians ... in July ... fifteen ... by the Umpquah Indians. ... I have need of your Prayers ... to bear me up before the Throne of Grace."