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Missouri's first Governor (1820) Alexander McNair's residence still stood at Main and Spruce Streets in 1850.

This Day in St. Louis History: March 4, 1861 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated at the 16th President.In St. Louis, the city leaned towards the Union while most of MO leaned towards the Confederacy.The “Minute Men” of St. Louis had headquarters at the Berthold Mansion at 5th & Pine.Upon the news they flew a hand-stitched rebel flag from the home. The Confederacy adopted their 1st official flag on this same day in AL, making the Berthold Mansion’s flag the 1st rebel flag to fly over MO.

September 18, 1820: In March 1820, the Missouri Compromise was approved, which allowed Missouri to pursue statehood. The compromise allowed slavery in Missouri, but prohibited it anywhere else north of the 36th parallel, which runs along the bottom border of Missouri. On September 18, 1820, the first Missouri General Assembly met in St. Louis at the Missouri Hotel. 14 Senators and 43 Representatives were chosen to represent the soon-to-be state, which would achieve statehood on August 21…

September 2, 1894: At 1:02 A.M., the first train would arrive at the recently finished Union Station in Downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis, Vandalia, and Terre Haute cut the quiet night as it grinded to a halt. Union Station would be the busiest train station in the world for a short time. The last train departed in 1978. A shot down Union Station's Market Street elevation, before the other side of Market was cleared for the Gateway Mall (1907). Missouri History Museum

Arch at Olive Street and Twelfth Street (looking east on Olive) erected for the Grand Army of the Republic reunion, August 1887. Missouri History Museum

Lindenwood College in 1847, St. Charles, MO. Lindenwood College in St. Charles was established by Mary Easton Sibley in 1827. She began by teaching girls in her home and after a few years, a log building was constructed to serve as a boarding school for young women. In 1853, the school was incorporated as Lindenwood Female College and turned over to the Presbyterian Church. Missouri History Museum

St. Louis Birthday of the Day, January 28: Judge, Theodore McMillian 1/28/19 - 1/18/06 Theodore McMillian attended SLU School of Law before becoming an assistant circuit attorney for St. Louis City in 1953. He became a circuit judge for St. Louis in 1956, and was appointer to the Missouri Court of Appeals in October 1972, the 1st African American to serve on the court. He resigned in 1978 to accept a position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.