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Henry Sheffie Geyer
Birth: Dec. 9, 1790
Death: Mar. 5, 1859

Notable Missouri lawyer. Geyer began practicing law in Maryland & then enlisted as a first lieutenant in the 36th Regiment, Maryland Infantry during the War of 1812. After the war he moved to St. Louis & began practicing law there. He was a member of the Missouri territorial House of Representatives in 1818 & published a compilation of the territorial laws called "Geyer's Digest." He served in the Missouri House of Representatives 1820-1824 & 1834-1835 & was elected Speaker of the House in 1821, 1822 & 1824. The Geyer Act, which authorized the creation of a comprehensive system of public schools at all levels, was approved by the General Assembly in 1839. He helped to write a set of protest resolutions for President Andrew Jackson to recharter the Bank of the United States & helped to form Missouri's Whig Party in the mid-1830's. President Fillmore offered Geyer the position of Secretary of War in 1850; however, he declined the offer. He served one term in the U.S. Senate (1851-1857), then continued to practice law. He was the attorney for the defendant slave-owner John F.A. Sanford in the famous Dred Scott case. (bio by: Connie Nisinger) 
Family links: 
  Clarissa Betsy Starr Geyer (1801 - 1829)*
  Johanna Alby Easton Geyer (1801 - 1837)*
  Jane Louise Stoddard Hoffman (1808 - 1885)*
  Maria Clarissa Geyer Small (1822 - 1870)*
  Harriet Geyer Norris (1825 - 1883)*
  Edward Tracy Geyer (1835 - 1858)*
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Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 60, Lot 330
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 20, 2001
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Henry Sheffie Geyer
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Henry Sheffie Geyer
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Henry Sheffie Geyer
Added by: Connie Nisinger
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