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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

Portrait of William Carr Lane by A. J. Conant after Chester Harding. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, 1950-087-0001]

Born on December 1, 1789, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, William Carr Lane spent most of…

Abiel Leonard. The Green Bag (April 1891): 167.

Abiel Leonard, a lawyer, jurist, and political leader, was born in Windsor, Vermont, on May…

Louisiana Territory transfer ceremony

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

John Sappington Marmaduke in his Confederate brigadier general’s uniform. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpb-06001]

Born on March 14, 1833, near Arrow Rock, Missouri, John Sappington Marmaduke is the only…