August 17, 1806: Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick—the first Archbishop west of the Mississippi—was born. He kept the church neutral during the Civil War but insisted that his priests agree to a prejudiced position against Southern sympathizers after the war.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.