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David Barton Papers, 1811-1836

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Identifier: A0089

Title: David Barton Papers, 1811-1836


David Barton was born December 14, 1783, in Tennessee and received his education at Greenville College (Academy) in Tennessee. He took a job after graduation in the law office of Judge Anderson, where he received the bulk of his law training. In 1809, he and his brothers moved to Missouri and settled in St. Charles. David Barton taught school for a while and proceeded to join the army and fight in the War of 1812. After the war he moved to St. Louis and began practicing law. He became the attorney general for the Territory of Missouri in 1813 and later was elected to the St. Louis Circuit Bench. In 1820, he was chosen as the first president of the first Constitutional Convention. He has been identified as writing the constitution that was adopted by that body. He was affiliated with the Whig party and was chosen as the first U.S. senator from Missouri. He never married. After leaving the Senate he returned to Boonville, Missouri, and took the position of circuit judge. He was declared insane by the county court at Boonville shortly before his death September 22, 1837. During his lifetime he was often called "Little Red" and after his death he has been called "Missouri's Forgotten Senator." It is believed by many that his political career was overshadowed by Thomas Hart Benton.

Collection contains letters from Barton mostly concerning political matters; political documents, clippings and genealogy notes; and typescript data on Barton and speeches given before the Missouri Historical Society by James Jones October 14, 1920, and also by Charles van Ravenswaay.

1 box

Cite as: David Barton Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1811-1836

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Barton, David, 1783-1837

Subjects: Politics and government
Speeches, addresses, etc


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