Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan - Richmond, MO
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N 39° 16.722 W 093° 58.656
15S E 415680 N 4348160
Quick Description: The Mexican war (1846), lawyer, orator, commander, and if you believe the text, he was "The Greatest", before that boxer.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/12/2016 7:55:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMQDTB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

County of statue: Ray County
Location of statue: College St. & Main St., courthouse lawn, Richmond
Artist: Frederick Cleveland Hibbard, 1881-1950, sculptor
Founder: Florentine Brotherhood Foundry
Date erected: Commissioned Aug. 25, 1917; Installed Dec. 8, 1917; Dedicated July 29, 1918

(Front Base): Erected by the State of Missouri in honor of Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan
Commander of First Regiment Missouri Mounted Volunteers in the War with Mexico
Born Mason County, Kentucky, July 9, 1808
Died Richmond, Missouri, August 8, 1887
On the roster of the great soldiers of the Earth must always stand in a halo of glory the name of Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan of Missouri

(Base Proper Right): [relief art scene] Doniphan's Expedition to Mexico, 1846-47. 3600 Hundred Miles. The Greatest March in History.

(Base Proper Left): [relief art battle scene] Sacramento, February 25, 1847

(Base Rear): Colonel Alexander William Doniphan. Colonel Doniphan was of immense stature, noble appearance, brilliant parts, fearless, of great moral courage, sanguine, faithful, just, poetic in temperament, the champion of the down-trodden, eloquent beyond description and without doubt entitled to be classed among the greatest orators and lawyers that even lived.

Additional History about Alexander Doniphan:
A County in Southern Missouri is named after him.
In 1830, Alexander Doniphan migrated from Kentucky to Lafayette County, Missouri. He did so to open a law practice. He held his highest interest in a career as a lawyer, but won his greatest fame as a military leader. Doniphan first gained his reputation for military leadership during Missouri's 1838 Mormon War. As commander of the First Brigade of the Missouri militia, Doniphan was sent to apprehend Joseph Smith and other Mormon leaders. After capturing Smith, Doniphan received an order calling for Smith's immediate execution. He refused the order, telling his commanding officer, "I will not obey your order. It is cold-blooded murder." Doniphan's bravery not only saved Smith's life but also ended the Mormon War with a minimum of bloodshed.
Doniphan again led Missouri troops in 1846, this time during the Mexican War. His volunteers, rough-hewn Missouri frontiersmen, were unaccustomed to military discipline, but Doniphan won their loyalty and turned them into an effective fighting force. In 1847 he led his outnumbered troops into battle against better-equipped Mexican forces at the Battle of Brazito and Sacramento. Doniphan's strategic skill and the fighting spirit of Missouri's volunteers led to decisive American victories in both engagements. Doniphan also played a key role in restoring law and order to the Mexican region. As military governor of Santa Fe, he revised the region's civil and criminal codes and established a bill of rights for New Mexico citizens.
Colonel Doniphan spent the remainder of his life as a lawyer and a statesman. He served several terms in the Missouri General Assembly, and he was selected as Missouri's representative to the 1861 national peace conference, where delegates worked for a solution to avert civil war. At the 1861 state convention held to decide whether Missouri would secede, Doniphan arrived with his allegiance to keep Missouri in the Union. When the Civil War broke out, Governor Claiborne Jackson offered him command of Missouri's State Guard (Confederate), but Doniphan refused the commission, citing the recent death of his sons and his wife's ill heath. From 1863 to 1868, He lived in St. Louis and served as the U.S. Commissioner of Claims for Missouri.
In 1868, Doniphan returned to western Missouri, moving to Richmond in Ray County. He spent his remaining years arguing cases throughout northern Missouri.
[Historic information coming from an essay by James W. Goodrich.]

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Courthouse Lawn, so scommon sense and normal respect will do just fine.

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Type of memorial: Monument

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