Mt. St. Helens is Born 3,000 Years AgoMay 18, 0001
1800’s Explosive EruptionFebruary 1, 1800
Captain George Vancouver named the volcano for Britain’s ambassador to Spain, Alleyne Fitzherbert, also known as Baron St. Helens.
Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens PC was a British diplomat. He was Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia from 1783 to 1788, appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland and a member of the Privy Council (Great Britain & Ireland) in 1787, serving in the former position until 1789. He was Minister plenipotentiary to Spain from 1790 to 1794.