July 11, 1804: Birthday of educator and clergyman, William Tecumseh Vernon from Lebanon, Mo. College president and bishop of the A.M.E. Church in South Africa and the Midwest, he returned to Missouri later in life and died in Kansas City. You can read more about his life here.
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.