March 18, 1845
Fort Wayne, Indiana
John Chapman, known as the folklore hero Johnny Appleseed, dies at 70
Chapman is best remembered for introducing apples to the frontier, including large areas in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was a missionary, conservationist, and environmentalist. He never married and became a vegetarian in the later part of his life. According to one story, Chapman bought a horse he heard was to be put down, bought some acres of grassy land to let the horse recover, then gave the recuperated horse to a person in need under the condition the horse be treated humanely.