John Batterson Stetson, inventor, hatmaker
May 5, 1830-Feb. 18, 1906
Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlos, illustrated by Holly Meade (DK Publishing, 1998)
The true story of how the wide-brimmed cowboy hat was invented by John Batterson Stetson. Stetson fulfilled his dream by leaving his mark, a hat to symbolize the West.