A portrait of Alexander Doniphan, painted by George Caleb Bingham around 1850

Born on July 9, 1808, in Mason County, Kentucky, Alexander William Doniphan was the son of…

William Henry Hatch. [University Archives, University of Missouri, collection C:3/25/28]

Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, on September 11, 1833, to Quaker parents the Reverend…

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…

print illustration of the Marquis de Lafayette

In 1824–1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, famous veteran of the Revolutionary War, returned to America to make a…

Louisiana Territory transfer ceremony

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

Henry Clemens Overstolz. [William Hyde and Howard L. Conard, eds., Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis (New York: Southern History Co., 1899)]

Henry Clemens Overstolz was a St. Louis businessman and politician. He was born on July 7,…

Manuel Pérez. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Objects Collection, X04268]

Manuel Pérez, Spanish lieutenant governor in St. Louis from 1787 to 1792, was born in…

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Pedro Joseph Piernas, the first Spanish lieutenant governor in St. Louis, occupied that…

Emil Preetorius. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, Portraits, N13088]

Emil Preetorius was a German-language journalist in St. Louis. Born in Alzey, Rheinhessen,…

Leonor Sullivan. [Official Manual of Missouri, 1993–1994]

Leonor Alice Kretzer Sullivan was the first woman elected to the US Congress from a…