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

Articles Authored

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…

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John Hardeman, best remembered for the botanical showplace he created on the banks of the…

Edward Hempstead. [Louis Houck, A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union, vol. 3 (Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1908), p. 2]

Edward Hempstead, a prominent early Missouri attorney and politician, was born in New…

Louisiana Territory transfer ceremony

The Louisiana Purchase, an 1803 land deal between the United States and France, doubled the size of the United…