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M-497 Bates, Frederick Document

ABSTRACT: Document signed by Frederick Bates, 1819.

SCOPE: This collection consists of a document signed by Frederick Bates, then Secretary of the Territory of Missouri. The 1819 document appoints Williamson H. Curtis sheriff of Cooper County. The territorial seal and a note from David Toad, a Judge of the Northwestern Circuit, are also included.

EXTENT: One folder.

HISTORY: Frederick Bates (1777-1825) held political positions in the Michigan Territory, Louisiana Territory, and Missouri Territory before being elected as the 2nd Governor of Missouri in 1824. He was also the elder brother of Edward Bates, the U.S. Attorney General appointed by President Abraham Lincoln.

ACCESS: Due to the fragile nature of this collection, physical access may be restricted. Please contact the library for further information. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

PREFERRED CITATION: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."