Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
1783 - 1837
David Barton was born December 14, 1783, near Greeneville, North Carolina (now Tennessee). He came to the then-Louisiana Territory in 1809. Though Barton had some legal training, his first job was teaching in St. Charles. When the Missouri Territory was formed in 1812, Barton studied the French influence on civil laws and served as a mounted ranger under Nathan Boone, son of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. After two years he volunteered and gained popularity as a Boonslick Country Ranger Company private. Barton served as Territorial Attorney General from 1813 until 1815. Appointed Circuit Judge of the Northern District of Missouri, he presided over the first circuit court session west of the Mississippi River on March 1, 1815, in Hannah Allision Cole's cabin in Boonville, then part of Howard County. Major Stephen Cole, Hannah's brother-in-law, was present and swore in the courtroom. Judge Barton fined Cole $1. Cole objected, but paid. That afternoon Cole, also a Justice of the Peace, held court on a log in front of the cabin. Barton was returning from dinner, stopped to watch and smoked his pipe. Cole fined Barton $1 for smoking in the courtroom. Barton paid and the men were even! In 1817 Barton returned to his law practice and in 1818 was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. Designated Speaker of the House, he didn't complete
Erected 2009 by City of Boonville, Concerned Citizens, and Others.
Location. 38° 58.599′ N, 92° 44.664′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street near Main Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Monument is in Morgan Street Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Milton Turner (here, next to this marker); Walter Williams (here, next to this marker); Hannah Allison Cole (a few steps from this marker); George Caleb Bingham (a few steps from this marker); Frederick T. Kemper (within shouting distance of this marker); Capture of Boonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial Cooper County World War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Boonville.
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