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Identifier: A0146

Title: Lewis Vital Bogy Family Papers, 1795-1929; 1960-1961


Lewis Vital Bogy (1813-1877) was born April 13, 1813, at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. He left Ste. Genevieve in 1832 to study law in the office of Judge Pope of Kaskaskia, and began the practice of law in St. Louis in 1835. Lewis married Pelagie Pratte in 1836. They had 13 children, but only three survived childhood: Joseph, Celeste, and Josephine. He was elected to the Missouri legislature in 1840 and again in 1854. In 1849, Bogy was the anti-Benton Democratic candidate for the legislature but was defeated. He was appointed commissioner of Indian affairs in 1867, but not being confirmed by the Senate, retired from the office and returned to his law practice. In 1873, he was elected to the United States Senate where he served until his death in 1877. Lewis V. Bogy, journalist, author, and son of Joseph Bogy, banker and railroad man, and grandson and namesake of Lewis Vital Bogy, worked on St. Louis and New Orleans newspapers, and at one time owned a newspaper in Waterbury, Connecticut. As a young man, he worked in the Pension Bureau in Washington and subsequently wrote a novel, In Office, which told of the corruption in the office. The officials were offended and he was discharged. He later wrote another novel, A Common Man. During World War I he served abroad with the Red Cross. He returned to St. Louis after the war, but moved back to Europe in 1926. In 1934, he married Paula Loschitz Demeter of Budapest, his first marriage having ended in divorce. He died December 18, 1940, in Budapest.

The collection contains biographical and genealogical papers of the Bogy, Bolduc, Valle, and Pratte families of St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve, comprised of correspondence, deeds, accounts, receipts, and legal papers. Includes data relating to Lewis Vital Bogy (1813-1877) and to his grandson Lewis V. Bogy (1864-1940); scrapbooks, instructions in news correspondence, newsclippings, published poems of Bogy (the author), and memorial addresses on the life and character of Senator Bogy; correspondence of Joseph Bogy and his son Joseph V. Bogy relating to their expedition to California in the gold rush days; letters of Joseph V. Bogy concerning his joining the Walker expedition to Nicaragua (1855), his imprisonment in Mexico, and events that led to his death near Lima, Peru; and 14 legal papers and maps of land in Ste. Genevieve County.

2 boxes

Cite as: Lewis Vital Bogy Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1795-1929; 1960-1961

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Maps
Politics and government
Gold discoveries


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