FIRST - US Senator from Missouri - Boonville, MO
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Waymark Code: WM1529C
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/01/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member model12
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County of monument: Cooper County
Location of monument: Morgan St. & Main St., Morgan Street Park, Boonville
Artist: Sabra Tull Meyer
Dedicated: May 1, 2009

Memorial Text:

Dedicate May 1, 2009   Artist: Sabra Tull Meyer
1783 - 1837
David Barton was born December 14, 1783, near Greenville, North Carolina, (Now Tennessee). He came to the then-Louisiana Territory in 1809.

Though Barton had some legal training, his first job was teaching in St. Charles. When the Missouri territory was formed in 1812, Barton studied the French influence on Civil Law and served as a Mounted Ranger under Nathan Boone, son of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. After two years he volunteered and gained popularity as a Boonslick County Ranger Company Private.

Barton served as Territorial Attorney General from 1813 until 1815. Appointed Circuit Judge of the Northern District of Missouri, he presided over the First Circuit Court Session west of the Mississippi River on March 1, 1815. In Hannah Allison Cole's cabin in Boonville, then part of Howard County. Major Stephen Cole, Hannah's brother-in-law, was present and swore in the courtroom. Judge Barton fined Cole $1. Coe objected, but paid. That afternoon Cole, also a Justice of the Peace, held court on a log in front of the cabin. Barton was retuning from dinner, stopped to watch and smoke his pipe. Cole fined Barton $1 for smoking in the courtroom. Barton paid and the men were even!

In 1817 Barton returned to his law practice and in 1818 was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. Designated Speaker of the House, he didn't complete his term, instead returning to private practice.

In 1820, Missouri applied for statehood and elected Barton president of the state constitutional convention. Barton used his knowledge of French Law and English Common Law to write the state's first constitution. It was describe as a model of moderation and political sagacity and remained in effect until the 1865 constitution. His integrity and ability as a orator and leader resulted in Barton becoming Missouri's first United States Senator. He served until 1831, returning to St. Louis and represented it in the Legislature for two years.

Barton returned to Boonville in 1836. Poor, in failing health, with no family (he never married), he was tended to by the William Gibson family until he died on September 28, 1837. Boonville' citizens raised money for his tombstone and buried him in Sunset Hills Cemetery. In March, 1853, his remains were moved to Walnut Grove Cemetery, next to the original State Fairgrounds in Missouri. Cemetery owners saw Barton's grave as a potential tourist attraction and convinced the legislature to appropriate $400 for a marble gravestone and iron fence on December 8, 1855. The fence was removed in World War II, but the gravestone remains -- highlighted by an upside down torch being extinguished and the words, "A profound jurist, an honest and able statesman, a just and benevolent man." Barton's original gravestone was moved in 1899 from Sunset Hills Cemetery to the University of Missouri Francis Quadrangle, next to Thomas Jefferson's original gravestone. Boonville honored Barton's role as teacher and statesman with the opening of David Barton School in 1958. Barton County, birthplace of President Harry Truman, is named in his honor.

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Date of FIRST: 01/01/1821

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