George Ruxton was born in Tonbridge, Kent, on 24th July, 1821. He was sent to military academy but was expelled. Ruxton was eventually accepted into the British Army and served in Ireland and Canada.
Ruxton left the army to become a hunter in Canada. He also spent time in Africa and Mexico before moving to the United States where he worked as a mountain men in the Rocky Mountains.
Ruxton wrote articles called Life in the Far West for Blackwood's Magazine. After moving to St. Louis he published Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains (1847).
George Ruxton died of dysentery on 29th August, 1848.