Alexander Doniphan
Alexander Doniphan (1808-1887)

Inducted - Friday, July 11, 2008
Sculptor: Sabra Tull Meyer

Where is Alexander Doniphan in the Hall of Famous Missourians?

Alexander Doniphan is known for his political, military and educational accomplishments. Recognized as one of the founders of William Jewell College, he was a strong supporter of many educational endeavors. In addition, he was a trustee of a number of early schools and became the first Clay County School Commissioner in 1853.

In 1836, while serving as a Missouri state legislator, Doniphan organized Caldwell and Daviess counties as a home for the Mormons. Two years later, he was ordered to execute Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He refused, saving the life of Joseph Smith and other church leaders, and securing his place in history as a courageous and compassionate man.

Doniphan’s accomplishments also include helping facilitate the Platte Purchase from American Indian tribes in 1837, which added northwest counties to Missouri. He also served as colonel of the 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers during the Mexican-American War and led volunteers on a 3,600-mile march.