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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Hon. John O’Fallon, a resident of what is known as “O’Fallon Park,” near Sulphur Springs, where he has lived for fifty-three years, with the exception of two years in St. Louis County, where he was born in 1831, was brought by his parents, Maj. Benjamin and Sophia (Lee) O’Fallon, to Jefferson County when but three years old. The parents settled where he now resides, and here the father died in 1842. He was born near Louisville, Ky., about 1792, and when but a small boy came with his uncle, Gov. William Clark, to Missouri, with whom he lived until thirteen years of age. He then joined the Indians, with whom he lived for many years, and was afterward appointed Indian agent for the whole Northwest, which position he held for perhaps thirty years. “O’Fallon’s Bluff,” on Platte River, was named for him. He spent nearly his entire life with the Indians, was a great personal friend of Gen. Jackson, and was grand marshal of the day in St. Louis during the funeral of Gen. La Fayette. His father, Dr. O’Fallon came from Ireland to America about the time of the Revolution, in which he served as a surgeon, but afterwards settled in Kentucky. His wife was a sister of Gov. Roger Clark, of Kentucky, and of Gov. William Clark, of Missouri, and was of English parentage. John’s mother was a daughter of Dr. Lee, a native of France, but who also came to the United States about the time of the Revolutionary War, and was among the very early settlers of St. Charles, Mo., where he built the first stone house, which still stands. Mrs. O’Fallon died in San Francisco, Cal., about 1881, where she had lived for about six years. Col. John O’Fallon, as he is usually called (which title he received during the war, having raised a regiment of Home Guards, of which he had command, although not in active service), was educated at St. Louis University for five years, and then spent one year at Shelbyville (Ky.) College. His early education was by a private tutor; he was reared on a farm, and has since had charge of his real estate, which consists of land and sawmills, flouring-mills, etc. At one time he was the largest taxpayer of Jefferson County, owning 20,000 acres, in 1875; 3,000 known as Indian Retreat, near Sulphur Springs, where he makes his home. He has figured quite prominently in the public affairs of the State; is an active Democrat in politics, wielding more influence, perhaps, than any other man in the State. He was made a delegate to the National Democratic Convention, at Charleston, S. C., and Baltimore, Md., in 1860, as a Douglas Democrat; also, in 1872, at the convention that nominated Horace Greeley, and made a thorough canvass of Missouri for the liberal element. He was chosen as a delegate to the National convention that nominated Hancock, but did not attend in person. He was instrumental in nominating and electing Gen. Marmaduke, doing more than any other ten men in the State of Missouri. He was a member of the Legislature from 1882 to 1884, and nominated George B. Clark for State auditor—was successful in securing the nomination. Although a Southerner by birth, he was a strong Union man during the war, and did all in his power for its preservation. He has, since that struggle, labored earnestly and enthusiastically to allay the animosity engendered by the action of the war. His principal reason for putting forth such strenuous efforts for the access of Gen. Marmaduke to the governorship, was, that he (the Colonel) being a stanch Union man, championed the cause of one who figured prominently in the Confederate army. This is only one of the many instances in which he has put forth every effort for that noble and worthy cause, and for burying the “bloody shirt.” Col. O’Fallon has been an active worker for the Democratic party for nearly thirty years, and has been personally acquainted with nearly every man of public prominence in the State of Missouri during that time. His mail is flooded with correspondence from politicians all over the State, seeking his influence and support to offices of trust, and upon the great questions of the day which mostly concern the public. He has frequently been solicited and is urged today by his numerous friends to announce himself as a candidate for governor, or for any office of trust in the State. He is not only an active politician, but is an earnest worker for all industrial enterprises. He is a firm friend of temperance, a believer in religion, and a firm supporter of the church. He was one of the first projectors and first stockholders in the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad. He is a fluent speaker, an able debater, and a man of pleasing address.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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