James Fenimore Cooper was born on September 15, 1789. He was the first major American novelist author of the novels of frontier adventure known as the Leatherstocking Tales, featuring the wilderness scout called Natty Bumppo, or Hawkeye. They include The Pioneers (1823), The Last of the Mohicans (1826), The Prairie (1827), The Pathfinder (1840), and The Deerslayer (1841).
Inspired by Jane Austen, James, wrote Precaution in 1820, a novel of morals and manners. This was followed by The Spy: A Tale of Neutral Ground in 1821, the first historical romance about the American Revolution. After sailing to Europe in 1826 he went on to write Prairies and Notions of Americans in 1827. He also penned The History of the Navy of the United States of America in 1839 and The Cruise of Sommers in 1844 and the Distinguished American Naval Officers in 1846. He passed away on September 14, 1851.