Maj James Sidney Rollins

Maj James Sidney Rollins

Birth
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 9 Jan 1888 (aged 75)
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Burial Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6208001 · View Source
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Served as a major in the Black Hawk War; member state house of representatives 1838-40, 1854, and 1867; delegate to Whig National Convention in 1844; served in the State senate 1846-1848; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1848 and 1857.

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Considered by many to be the father of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Board of Curators refers to James Rollins as the "Pater Universitatis Missouriensis." He earned this appellation because of his vociferous advocation for the city of Columbia, the site of Missouri's first public University. His career as an advocate for the University began in 1839 as a young state legislator from Boone County.

Rollins's life was not limited to the work that he did for the University. During his time as a practicing lawyer, he twice defied lynch mobs, who had targeted his black clients for lynching. He cut the noose from around their necks and secured their safety until the respective trials were finished. On another occasion, his life almost came to an early end, because of his abstinence from liquor. Once while in a tavern, a man approached him and offered to buy him a beer. He politely refused, because he did not drink. Again the man offered, and again Rollins refused. Finally, the bartender approached Rollins and informed him that the man offering to buy him a beer was the famous duelist John Smith T. With his gun drawn, John Smith T. offered to buy Rollins a beer one final time. This time Rollins accepted.

--Additional information from contrib#47514618

Bio by: Tom Denardo



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  • Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 23 Feb 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6208001
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj James Sidney Rollins (19 Apr 1812–9 Jan 1888), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6208001, citing Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tom Denardo (contributor 767) .