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 Thornton Grimsley

Thornton Grimsley

Birth
Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
Death 21 Dec 1861 (aged 63)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 59, Lot 816
Memorial ID 23216 · View Source
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Businessman, Saddle Maker, Politician. He was an apprentice to St. Louis saddlemaker John Jacoby. After Jacoby's death, Grimsley and a partner took over the business. His saddles were popular with soldiers and as a result, Grimsley did more work for the government than any other saddler in the U.S. In 1833 he contracted to make his Spanish saddle for the new 1st Regiment of the U.S. Dragoons by recommendation of Lt. Col. Stephen Kearney. He produced a horned saddle based on the Spanish model called the dragoon saddle. He was instrumental in getting an area in St. Louis set aside as a public park and military parade ground--this area, formerly known as "Grimsley's Folly" is now known as Lafayette Park.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Added: 23 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23216
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thornton Grimsley (3 Aug 1798–21 Dec 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23216, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .