Daniel Dunklin

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Daniel Dunklin

Daniel Dunklin (born January 14, 1790 in Greenville , South Carolina , † August 25, 1844 in Herculaneum , Missouri ) was an American politician and from 1832 to 1836 the 5th governor of Missouri.

Early years and political advancement

Dunklin attended local schools in his native South Carolina. He later studied law. After graduating, he was admitted to the bar in Missouri, where he had since moved. During the War of 1812, he served in the Missouri Territory Militia . He was mainly used in Missouri and Illinois . After the war, Dunklin was mainly involved in agriculture and mining in Potosi , Missouri.

Dunklin's political rise began in 1815 when he was elected sheriff in Washington County . He held this office for four years. Between 1822 and 1823 he was an MP in the Missouri House of Representatives and between 1828 and 1832 he was the lieutenant governor of his state. On August 6, 1832, he was elected as the candidate of his Democratic Party for the new governor.

Missouri governor

Daniel Dunklin took office on November 19, 1832. During his tenure, the construction of a state penal institution was approved. The public school system has been significantly improved. Dunklin is considered to be the actual founder of the public schools in Missouri. The national debt was reduced and nine new counties were established. On September 30, 1836, he resigned from his position to take up a new position in the service of the federal government.

Another résumé

For the next four years he was the head of the US land survey in Missouri and Illinois. In 1843 he was one of the negotiators in a border dispute between the states of Arkansas and Missouri. Governor Dunklin died on August 25, 1844. He was married to Emily Haley, with whom he had six children.


  • Robert Sobel and John Raimo (Eds.): Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Volume 2, Meckler Books, Westport, 1978. 4 volumes.

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