William E. Foley is professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Missouri.

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James Beckwourth. [Public domain; photographer unknown]

James Pierson Beckwith, better known as Jim Beckwourth following the publication of…

William C. Carr. Portrait by George Caleb Bingham. [Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1970.156]

William C. Carr, one of the first attorneys to practice law in Missouri, was born in…

Portrait of William Clark by Charles Willson Peale, c. 1807–1809. [Courtesy of the Independence National Historical Park]

William Clark, the celebrated explorer who joined Meriwether Lewis

Aerial of Fort Osage

Established in 1808 under the superintendence of William Clark, Fort Osage served as a US military outpost and a…

Charles Gratiot. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N12406]

At the time of the Louisiana Purchase, Charles Gratiot’s outspoken support for the incoming…