The Missouri Governor’s Mansion was designed in 1871 by influential architect, George Barnett. His other works include: Henry Shaw’s Tower Grove House, 1849; Old Courthouse, 1864; Tower Grove Park, 1875; and the Henry Shaw Mausoleum, 1889. The mansion was built after the Missouri state capitol moved from St. Charles to Jefferson City in 1826, sitting high atop a bluff, overlooking the Missouri River. A few months ago, I was informed of my family’s history in Missouri politics. My 8th Great Uncle, Edward Bates, began his political career in Missouri after moving to St. Louis in 1814 to join his brother Frederick Bates, Secretary of the Louisiana and Missouri Territories. In 1822, Edward was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives; US House of Representatives, 1827; Missouri State Senate, 1831; and Missouri House, 1835. In 1844, Bates fought and won a freedom suit for Lucy Berry, a former slave who appointed Bates to be her attorney in fighting for her daughter’s freedom. How cool is that? 💪🏿 After being appointed US Attorney General from 1861-1864 by President Abraham Lincoln, he passed away and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. It’s amazing when you move to a foreign state you know little about and later realize you’re already home.
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