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…

 Morris Birkbeck. [Morris Birkbeck and George Flower, History of the English Settlement in Edwards County, Illinois (Chicago: Fergus Printing Co., 1882)]

An early pioneer-farming expert and author, Morris Birkbeck exerted an enormous influence…

Lilburn Boggs. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N11644]

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 14, 1792, Lilburn W. Boggs became one of the most…

Lewis Bogy. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Brady-Handy Photograph Collection, LC-DIG-cwpbh-00128]

Born in Ste. Genevieve on April 9, 1818, as a descendant of early French…

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

Daniel Dunklin. [State Historical Society of Missouri, P1042-018634]

Missouri’s fifth governor, Daniel Dunklin, was born on January 14, 1790, in the Greenville…

Lloyd Gaines. [University of Missouri School of Law, Lloyd Gaines Collection]

Lloyd Gaines’s efforts to obtain a legal education in Missouri resulted in a Supreme Court…

Stephen Watts Kearny. [Engraving by Y. B. Welch for Graham’s Magazine, from an original daguerreotype by Peter A. Juley & Son, photographers. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California Faces: Selections from the Bancroft Library Portrait Collection]

Stephen Watts Kearny was born on August 30, 1794, in Newark, New Jersey. He was the…

Austin A. King. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpbh-01330]

Born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, on September 21, 1802, Austin A. King was educated in…

Isidor Loeb. [State Historical Society of Missouri Photographs, 1896–2010, P0137-12873]

Isidor Loeb, a longtime Missouri educator and authority on state government and taxation,…