If you accept (and I know you will) you must:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other people."
Ok, here goes. The book is Richard White's It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own.
Fremont's success and his rise to prominence were aided by his advantageous marriage to jessie Benton, the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri. In the 1840s Senator Benton helped Fremont gain a virtual carte blanche in the West to serve science and American expansion while engaging in endless self-promotion. Fremont's explorations enabled him to achieve a prominence that eventually brought him the 1856 Republican nomination for the Presidency. Fremont's expeditions during the 1840s covered a variety of objectives.
Ok. I tag Anglican, Small Glimpses, Okie Okasan, Bitebark, and Two-Headed Blog.