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COL Alexander William Doniphan

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COL Alexander William Doniphan

  • Birth 9 Jul 1808 Mason County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 8 Aug 1887 Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Fairview, Block 95, Lot 15, Space 2
  • Memorial ID 12002

Colonel and General in the Missouri Militia. Instrumental in the Platte purchase, which added to Missouri's land. He refused an order to execute Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saints Church, saying it would be cold blooded murder. He also refused appointed posts in both the Union and Confederate armies saying that he wanted to remain out of the war between the states and hoped that Missouri would remain neutral. Inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame for his military exploits.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 30 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12002
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Alexander William Doniphan (9 Jul 1808–8 Aug 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12002, citing Fairview Cemetery, Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .