Mary Ellen Rowe is a retired professor of history at the University of Central Missouri.

Articles Authored

French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly’s rendering of members of an Osage traveling party in Europe, including Big Soldier (at right). [Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, object # S/NPG.2011.5]

Big Soldier, a Little Osage war leader, was probably born in 1773 in a village near the…

Samuel Hawken. [Missouri Historical Society, Prints and Photographs Division, N38641]

Christian Hawken, a respected gunsmith of Hagerstown, Maryland, taught his six sons and…

Susan Shelby Magoffin. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N12846]

Susan Shelby Magoffin was born on July 30, 1827, at Arcasia, her father’s estate near…

Benjamin O’Fallon. [Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, NPG.81.33]

Prominent in Missouri as an Indian agent and advocate of the American fur-trade interests…

John O’Fallon. [William Hyde and Howard L. Conard, eds., Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis, vol. 3]

John O’Fallon, a St. Louis merchant, banker, and philanthropist, was widely praised after…