Jefferson Glass has deep roots in Oregon. Born in Coos Bay, he moved with his family to Bly when he was ten years old and attended high school with long bus-rides to Lakeview. Fueled by the stories found in his grandfather’s collection of Zane Grey books back in Coos Bay, his young imagination went wild in the newly accessible rural surroundings. When hiking with his dog over countless miles of public land that bordered his family’s small acreage, the only rule was to be home by suppertime.
Jefferson relocated to central Wyoming in 1981. Glass was the founder and former chair of the Evansville Historical Commission, a Certified Local Government (CLG) for the town of Evansville, Wyoming. He later served on the board of directors for the Cadoma Foundation, a non-profit historic preservation organization based in Casper, Wyoming.
He is a relentless researcher with specific interests in the Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains regions of the United States. He has written numerous articles for Annals of Wyoming, True West Magazine and WyoHistory.org.
Mr. Glass’ book, RESHAW: The Life and Times of John Baptiste Richard, Extraordinary Entrepreneur and Scoundrel of the Western Frontier, was published by High Plains Press in Glendo, Wyoming in 2014. It was awarded best non-fiction book by the Wyoming State Historical Society in 2014, Special Recognition in Historic Preservation from the Platte County, Wyoming Historical Society in 2014 and received the prestigious Spur Award for best first non-fiction book from Western Writers of America in 2015.
Following RESHAW, Empire: The Pioneer Legacy of an American Ranch Family, was released by TwoDot/Rowman & Littlefield in 2020. Empire received a Will Rogers Medallion Award in 2021 for the biography category.
In 2016, Mr. Glass was the subject of an article “Beyond the Horizon with Author Jefferson Glass,” in True West Magazine. That same year, he hosted the bus tour for authors and publishers to Fort Laramie as part of the 2016 Western Writers of America annual convention being held in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Jefferson judged the Wyoming Boys and Girls Club’s annual Cowboy Ethics Essay Contest in 2016 and 2017 and was a Spur Award judge in non-fiction and biography categories for Western Writers of America in 2017 and 2018.
For the 2022 annual convention of the Oregon/California Trails Association in Casper, Wyoming, he co-hosted two bus tours to historic sites in the area.
In 2002, Annals of Wyoming had characterized Glass, “. . . a veteran Casper historian . . . a frequent writer on Casper area sites.” He often consults on the history of specific people or sites and speaks on western history, research and writing.
Glass recently signed a five-book contract with Dusty Saddle Publishing for the Conor Armenta Mystery Series.
Jefferson is also an adventurer, traveler and has a keen ability to seek out historical sites and lost ghost towns. He’s a highly skilled carpenter and remodeler. He’s married to Debbie Glass and they currently reside in Buffalo, Wyoming.
These pictures were taken of Jefferson and his wife Debbie at the Western Writers of America 2021 Convention. The photo on the right was costume night. (Just in case you think he dresses like that all the time.)
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Jefferson Glass with Jim Zezas, owner of the Grass King Cattle Company in Wyoming.