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 Marie Therese <I>Bourgeois</I> Chouteau

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Marie Therese Bourgeois Chouteau

  • Birth 13 Jan 1733 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1814
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Section 13
  • Memorial ID 6133773

Mother of Auguste Chouteau (founder of St. Louis). Madame Chouteau was born in New Orleans & orphaned early in life. In 1749 she married Rene Auguste Chouteau, but left him shortly after the birth of Auguste because of his abusiveness to her. Madame Chouteau arrived in St. Louis in 1764 soon after her son had founded the city with Pierre Laclede. Madame Chouteau was the first white woman to live in St. Louis. She was also its first businesswoman, successfully managing a fur trading enterprise & accumulating a large amount of property. She introduced honey bees to the community & her charitable endeavors & nurturing ways led her to be known affectionately as "La Mere de St. Louis."

Bio by: Connie Nisinger

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  • Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 28 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6133773
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marie Therese Bourgeois Chouteau (13 Jan 1733–14 Aug 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6133773, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Connie Nisinger (contributor 74) .