The radical reformer, statesman, general, and Missouri Senator Carl Schurz was born on this day. He is famous for saying: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

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.