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Rufus EASTON

(1774-1834)

EASTON, Rufus, a Delegate from the Territory of Missouri; born in Litchfield, Conn., May 4, 1774; completed an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Rome, N.Y.; started west and settled in Vincennes, Indiana Territory, in 1804; moved to St. Louis, Mo. (then the District of Louisiana), and was appointed judge of the District of Louisiana in 1805; appointed the first postmaster of St. Louis and served from January 1, 1805, to January 1, 1815; elected a Delegate from the Territory of Missouri on September 17, 1814, and served until August 5, 1816; unsuccessfully contested the election of John Scott for the succeeding term; upon the organization of the State government in 1821 was appointed attorney general and served until 1826; engaged in the practice of law and in the real estate business; died in St. Charles, Mo., July 5, 1834; interment in Lindenwood College, Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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