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 Henry Sheffie Geyer

Henry Sheffie Geyer

Birth
Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Death 5 Mar 1859 (aged 68)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 60, Lot 330
Memorial ID 23132 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 20 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23132
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Sheffie Geyer (9 Dec 1790–5 Mar 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23132, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .