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Identifier: A0083

Title: Shepard Barclay Papers, 1844-1925


Shepard Barclay, lawyer and judge in Missouri, was born November 3, 1847. He was the grandson of Elihu H. Shepard, a prominent citizen of St. Louis who was one of the founders of the Missouri Historical Society in 1866. Shepard graduated from St. Louis University in 1867 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1869. He studied in Europe from 1869 to 1872, returning to St. Louis in 1872 to begin his law practice. In 1873, he married Kate Anderson. That same year he formed a law partnership with William C. Marshall, which continued until 1882 when Barclay was elected circuit judge in St. Louis. In 1877, he helped organize the local military force in St. Louis, which became the Third Regiment of the National Guard of Missouri. Judge Barclay was elected judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri in 1888 and chosen chief justice by his associates in 1897. He resigned this office in 1898 to practice law with John E. McKeighan and Millard F. Watts. Before going on the bench, Judge Barclay served for several years as secretary of the Missouri Historical Society. He died November 17, 1925.

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, memoranda, and biographical material. Among the papers are letters to his wife dated 1891, and Missouri Bar Association papers dated 1918-1921. Also includes the diary of Elihu Shepard, his maternal grandfather, which includes reminiscences of his childhood in the East; the War of 1812; wanderings during the year of the cholera epidemic in St. Louis in 1849; his experience during the Mexican War; incidents and war losses resulting from the Civil War; and the queensware factory in Kaolin, Missouri.

6 boxes; 1 oversize folder

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

Cite as: Shepard Barclay Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1844-1925

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Lawyers
War of 1812
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Civil War, 1861-1865


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