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Sterling Price Signs Early Government Document

Sterling Price Signs Early Government Document


Sterling Price, as Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, signs a pay warrant for Aaron W. Daggett, a Whig who represented Clark County in the legislature.


STERLING PRICE, Partially Printed Document Signed, Pay Order to Aaron W. Daggett for service in the Missouri House of Representatives, February 16, 1843, [Jefferson City, Missouri]. Endorsed by Daggett on verso. 1 p., 8" x 5.875" Expected folds; very good.


Complete Transcript

$ 30.00                                                            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

                                                                                                Feb 16th 1843.

This is to certify that the sum of Thirty Dollars is due to A W Daggett for his attendance, as a member of the House of Representatives, from the 7th day of Febry to the 16th day of same both days included, and for ——— miles travel to the Seat of Government, to be paid out of any moneys appropriated for the pay of the General Assembly.


Jas S. Watson                                                   Sterling Price

Clerk of H. of R.                                              Speaker of the H. of R.


Sterling Price (1809-1867) was born in Virginia and attended Hampden-Sydney College in 1826 and 1827. He studied law, gained admission to the Virginia bar, and opened a law practice. Price moved with his family to Missouri in 1831. After working as a hotelkeeper and merchant, he won election to the Missouri House of Representatives from 1836 to 1838 and again from 1840 to 1844. In the latter terms, he served as speaker. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1845 to 1846, when he resigned to serve in the Mexican War. He raised and served as colonel of the 2nd Missouri Mounted Volunteer Cavalry. He served as military governor of New Mexico and then of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On March 16, 1848, he defeated a Mexican force three times as large at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales, just days after the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican War. He returned to Missouri a hero and was elected governor in 1852 and served from 1853 to 1857. From 1857 to 1861, he served as the state’s Bank Commissioner. Initially opposed to secession, he was outraged by the seizure of the state militia camp at St. Louis and supported the secessionists. Pro-Confederate Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson appointed him to lead the Missouri State Guard, and he helped Confederates win the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in August 1861. Price received a commission as major general in the Confederate army in March 1862. After losses at the Battle of Iuka and the Second Battle of Corinth in Mississippi, Price returned west of the Mississippi River. There, he raised troops and contested Union control of Arkansas throughout 1863. In the fall of 1864, he invaded Missouri in an attempt to gain the state for the Confederacy or at least disrupt Abraham Lincoln’s chances for reelection. Although he won some initial victories at high cost, he was forced out of the state into hostile Kansas, where his army continued to dwindle as it retreated southward into Arkansas and Texas. He did not surrender but instead fled to Mexico, where he offered his services to Emperor Maximilian, who declined. Price settled in the Confederate exile colony in Veracruz but later returned to Missouri.


Aaron W. Daggett (ca. 1799-aft. 1853) was born in Maine and married Jane Martin in the District of Columbia in 1824. Daggett represented Clark County as a Whig in the Missouri General Assembly from 1842 to 1846. In 1850, he lived in Clark County and owned $3,920 in real property.


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