February 26, 2015
56 minutes 50 seconds (56:50)
Missouri Secretary of State's office hosted a program exploring the remarkable life of Alexander Doniphan, a prominent lawyer, military leader and political figure in 19th century Missouri. University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Geography Larry Brown discussed Alexander the Great: Alexander Doniphan in War and Peace. Alexander W. Doniphan is primarily remembered as the man who refused to execute Mormonism founder Joseph Smith and his followers during the 1838 Mormon War. He was also hailed as a hero of the Mexican War, after leading his troops on one of the longest and most successful marches in military history and contributing to the United States’ eventual victory in that conflict. Following the war, Doniphan returned home to Missouri and practiced law, becoming a prosperous businessman and helping to establish William Jewell College in Liberty. He repeatedly turned down opportunities to run for Congress and the governorship and refused to take sides in the Civil War. The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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