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Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Jurisprudence

 
 
Jurisprudence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2013
1. Jurisprudence Marker
Inscription.  

Col. John Thornton, Elisha Cameron and James Gilmore served as the county's first administrative judges. They met at Owen's Tavern until a brick courthouse was built and later burns. In 1869, a second courthouse was constructed. A wooden statue called the "Lady of Justice" adorned the top of the courthouse and was surrounded by four clocks. The courthouse was razed in 1934. The statue and one of the clocks was preserved and is displayed in the third courthouse located on the square. You are standing in front of the fourth courthouse built in the mid-1980's and named in honor of Circuit Court Judge James A. Rooney.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 39° 14.719′ N, 94° 25.153′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Marker is near the entrance to the James S. Rooney Justice Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 South Water Street, Liberty MO 64068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clay County American Revolution Veterans (here, next to this marker); Founding Fathers
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(a few steps from this marker); Scales and Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); First Court House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Dougherty (within shouting distance of this marker); Intelligencia (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Waters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
 
Also see . . .
1. Clay County, Missouri, Official Website. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Clay County (MO) Archives and Historical Library. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Jurisprudence Marker and Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2013
2. Jurisprudence Marker and Mural
Jurisprudence Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 31, 2013
3. Jurisprudence Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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