Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, ca. 1909

Contributed by Maine State Museum


After several failed attempts and pressure from competing explorers, Maine resident Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary claimed his arrival at the North Pole on April 6, 1909.

Peary reached the 90° latitude with the help of Matthew Henson, his African-American assistant, and four Inuit men: Ootah, Egigingwah, Seegloo, and Ooqueah. Although still debated, the United States Government officially recognized the group in 1911 as the first to reach the North Pole.

This autographed photo of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary in eskimo costume was most likely issued for publicity purposes.

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  • Title: Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, ca. 1909
  • Creation Date: circa 1909
  • Subject Date: circa 1909
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: 64.4.1
  • Collection: Peary Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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