Courtesy of Washington University
Present day Washington University
August 5, 1811: This is the birthday of William Greenleaf Eliot who founded Eliot Seminary, which became Washington University. He contributed to various civic institutions including the St. Louis Art Museum. Fun fact: famous poet T.S. Eliot was his grandson.
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.