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 John Wimer

John Wimer

Birth
Amherst County, Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jan 1863 (aged 52)
Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 83, Lot 284
Memorial ID 18451 · View Source
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Colonel, C.S.A. Wimer became an active political leader from St. Louis' Fifth Ward. In the next 30 years, he was elected constable, alderman, sheriff, superintendent of the waterworks and county judge. Between two terms as mayor of St. Louis (1843-1844 and 1857-1858), he served as the city's postmaster. During the Civil War, former mayor Wimer was among the most outspoken critics of Federal intervention in Missouri. He was arrested and imprisoned for his sympathies. After being transferred to another prison, he escaped and joined the Confederate cavalry in southern Missouri. He was killed in action near Hartville, Missouri while leading a detachment of Burbridge's cavalry regiment. Wimer's body and the body of Colonel Emmett MacDonald, killed in the same action, were returned to St. Louis for burial. During his wake, the Federal provost marshal broke into the homes of the mourners, took the bodies and buried them in unknown and unmarked locations. Wimer's body was located after the war in the old Wesleyan Cemetery and reinterred at Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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  • Added: 17 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18451
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Wimer (10 May 1810–11 Jan 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18451, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .