He led the 1st group, along with Matthew Henson, to attain the North Pole. He was an associate from the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity while going to Bowdoin University. His claims of experiencing been the first ever to reach the North Pole had been doubted by skeptics. He previously a child, Marie Ahnighito Peary, in 1893 with an Inuit female. He was a critically acclaimed explorer like Christopher Columbus.