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Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860



  • Existence: 1792 - 1860

Biographical History

Lillburn W. Boggs (1792-1860) was a Missouri businessman, state senator (1826-1832, 1842-1846), lieutenant governor (1832-1836), and governor (1836-1840).

Lillburn W. Boggs was born in 1793 in Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812 with the Kentucky troops before moving to Missouri in 1816. He married Panthea Grant Boone in 1823. After becoming involved in politics, he served as a Missouri state senator from 1825 to 1832, then as lieutenant governor from 1832 in 1836. In 1836, he became Missouri's 6th governor, serving until 1840. While serving as governor, Boggs issued Executive Order 44 in 1838, later known by Latter-day Saints as the "Extermination Order," amid the 1838 Mormon War. In 1846, Boggs relocated to California, where he served in the California State Assembly. In 1860, he died in Rancho Napa, California.

NUCMC data from Library of Congress Manuscript Division for His Address, 1838 (Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860; governor of Missouri)

WwWA: ǂb hist. v., 1607-1896 (Boggs, Lillburn W.; 1792-1860; trapper, Indian trader; St. Louis, Mo.; governor, 1837-1841, responsible for charter of 1st state bank; moved to Calif., 1846)

Enemy of the saints, [2011], 2011: title page (Governor Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri) p.9 (b. December 14, 1796 in Lexington, Kentucky; 1826 Elected to the Missouri House of Representatives; 1830 Elected to Missouri State Senate; 1832 Elected Lieutenant Governor; 1836 Elected 6th Governor of the State of Missouri; 1842 Elected to Missouri State Senate; 1846 went on wagon train to California; 1847 Alcalde of Sonoma (Northern California); died March 4, 1860 in Napa Valley, California) back cover (War of 1812; pioneer of the fur trade; merchant on Santa Fe Trail)

Wikipedia, website viewed 8 August 2011 ǂb (Lilburn Boggs; Lilburn Williams Boggs; b. December 14, 1796, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky ;d. March 14, 1860; Governor of Missouri, 1836 to 1840; served in War of 1812; merchant; politics; Missouri state senator 1826-1832; lieutenant governor 1832-1836

Wikipedia, via WWW, May 4, 2021 (Lillburn W. Boggs; born December 14, 1796; died March 14, 1860; born in Kentucky; served in War of 1812 with Kentucky troops; moved to Missouri in 1816; married Panthea Grant Boone in 1823; Boggs became involved in politics, served as a Missouri state senator from 1825 to 1832; lieutenant governor from 1832 to 1836; 6th governor of the state from 1836 to 1840; while governor of Missouri, Boggs issued Missouri Executive Order 44, a document later known to Latter Day Saints as the "Extermination Order" amid what came to be known as the Missouri 1838 Mormon War; order issued on October 27, 1838; Boggs traveled to California in 1846; elected to the California State Assembly in 1852; in 1855 retired to Rancho Napa where he died on March 14, 1860)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Hawkins papers

 Collection — Folder: 2
Identifier: Vault MSS 724
Scope and Contents

Six items relating to Joseph Hawkins' role in the Mormon War in Missouri. Includes original handwritten and signed letters from Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs, Adjutant General B. M. Lisle, and Brigadier General Green White, which contain military orders to Hawkins. Also includes a printed general order (original was removed to print collection) by Lilburn W. Boggs and B. M. Lisle; and, a newspaper article on Joseph Hawkins from a 1924 Missouri newspaper.

Dates: 1838-1924; Majority of material found within 1838-1839

Mormon War papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS FM 7
Scope and Contents

Microfilmed copies of original joint legislative committee journals (1838-1839), legislative proceedings (1838-1841), correspondence and orders (1838-1839), evidence given at the court of inquiry held in November 1838 to investigate Joseph Smith (1805-1844) and others for high treason, and certificates dealing with indictments against Mormons (1841) pertaining to the Mormon disturbances in Missouri (1838-1841). The film is 16 mm. and 35 mm. and is photonegative.

Dates: 1838-1841

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