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Col Robert Thompson Van Horn
Birth: May 19, 1824
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1916
Clay County
Missouri, USA

Van Horn was a leader among civic leaders in Kansas City. He helped secure the first railroad bridge over the Missouri River. He was a printer by trade. He wandered in steamboating and was in St Louis when a man sold Van Horn his fledging newspaper for $500.00. After the purchase, he immediately began an editorial crusade for public improvements, city expansion and the pursuit of the steel rail. He soon changed the name of the newspaper to The Western Journal of Commerce. He dispatched couriers to Booneville, Mo., where telegraph connections from the East ended, to bring news from as far as Europe to his readers.
Van Horn became the towns sixth mayor when the civil war began. He was a pro-Union Democrat. He raised the 25th Regt. MO. Vol. for the Union Army. He rose to the rank of Colonel. He was wounded at the battle of Lexington (sep13-20,1861). He had a horse shot out from under him at Shiloh TN. When border terrorism led Gen. Thomas Ewing in 1863 to issue the infamous Order No. 11, sweeping Jackson County homesteaders with southern sympathies off their land, the populace pleaded for Colonel Van Horn to handle the deportation. Later, he was elected to Congress five times. It was in Congress that Van Horn clinced the success of his railroad dreams. The Hannibal & St. Joseph line said it would support a spur from Cameron, Mo., and a bridge at KC if Congress approved. Van Horn attached such an amendment to a bill authorizing a bridge over the Mississippi River at Quincy, Illinois. Together, the two bridges would open KC, and Southwest Beef, to Chicago. On July 3, 1869 the Hannibal Bridge was opened. (bio by Tom Denardo)

 (bio by: Tom Denardo) 
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  Dick Van Horn (1851 - 1934)*
  Robert Cannon Van Horn (1853 - 1888)*
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Mount Washington Cemetery
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Jan 24, 2002
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Col Robert Thompson Van Horn
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Undeniably one of the top 5 most important names in all of Kansas City history.
- LLoyd Nichols
 Added: Feb. 14, 2015
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