John Fletcher Darby Papers, 1785-1923

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Identifier: A0360

Title: John Fletcher Darby Papers, 1785-1923


John F. Darby was born in 1803 and came to Missouri in 1818 where he worked on a farm. In 1825, he moved to Frankfurt, Kentucky, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He soon returned to St. Louis where he continued to practice law. Involved in Whig politics, Darby served as mayor of St. Louis (1835-1841), state senator (1838), and United States representative (1851-1853). After his retirement from politics he returned to St. Louis and engaged in banking. He died in Warren County in 1882.

This collection consists largely of the papers of John F. Darby and his wife, Mary F. Darby, and relate mostly to the political, social, and business history of St. Louis. Also includes family correspondence with relatives in Kentucky, and correspondence regarding legal matters. Of special note are the minute book of the Jefferson Society and the St. Louis Debating Club (1827-1828), both regional debating societies of which Darby was a member; letters of Mary F. Darby; and fragments of a history of the Mormons by John Corrill, dated 1839.

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

5 boxes

Cite as: John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Item: Documentary Artifacts



Dates: 1785 to 1923

Type(s): Archival Collections




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