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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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O. M. Munroe, of the banking firm of Bakewell & Munroe, of De Soto, was born in New York City, and is the eldest of twelve children born to William O. and Matilda (Mortimer) Munroe, both natives of the City of New York. William O. Munroe, a contractor by trade, is now fifty-nine years of age, and is a highly-esteemed man of good business capacity. Mrs. Matilda Munroe was born in 1837. O. M. Munroe was educated at Columbia College, New York City, where he graduated as Bachelor of Philosophy in 1879. Soon after leaving school he was employed by Carnegie Bros. & Co., of Pittsburgh, Penn., to inspect and purchase iron ore for them. He was employed by this firm about five years, and bought large quantities of iron ore from Pilot Knob, Mo. May 3, 1885, in partnership with his brother-in-law, under the firm name of Bakewell & Munroe, they established the Jefferson County Bank, which is the oldest bank in the county. They have thoroughly demonstrated their superior fitness for their business by the very able manner in which they have conducted their affairs. They have been remarkably successful, and have gained the confidence of the public as to their financial ability. In 1885 Mr. Munroe married Miss Mary Bakewell, daughter of Hon. R. A. Bakewell, of St. Louis, who was judge of the court of appeals ten years, and is at present master in chancery; he is one of the most influential citizens of the city of St. Louis, and one of the most prominent members of the bar of the State of Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Munroe have one child, William O., Jr. In politics, Mr. Munroe is conservative. He is a member of the A. O. U. W.

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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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