Upcoming Speaker Series Presentations
The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.
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Alexander the Great: Alexander Doniphan in War and Peace
November 13, 2014, 7 p.m.
Nineteenth Century Missouri lawyer, military leader and prominent political figure Alexander W. Doniphan is primarily remembered as the man who refused to execute the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith and his followers during the 1838 Mormon War. He was also hailed as a hero of the Mexican War, after leading his troops on one of the longest and most successful marches in military history and contributing to the United States’ eventual victory in that conflict. Following the war, Doniphan returned home to Missouri and practiced law, becoming a prosperous businessman and helping to establish William Jewell College in Liberty. He repeatedly turned down opportunities to run for Congress and the governorship and refused to take sides in the Civil War. Join us as University of Missouri Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography Larry Brown presents Doniphan’s legacy as a determined moderate, faithful to the unity of the country and the fairness of the law.