Capital: Jefferson City

State Nickname: Show Me State

State Bird: Bluebird

State Flower: Hawthorn

Admitted to the Union: August 10, 1821

Governors

August 10, 1821 to November 15, 1824:

Alexander McNair

November 15, 1824 to August 4, 1825:

Frederick Bates*

* Died in office

August 4, 1825 to January 20, 1826:

Abraham J. Williams*

* Acting governor

January 20 1826 to November 14, 1832:

John Miller

November 14, 1832 to September 13, 1836:

Daniel Dinklin

September 30, 1836 to November 16, 1840:

Lilbum W. Boggs

November 16, 1840 to February 9, 1844:

Thomas Reynolds

February 4, 1844 to November 20, 1844:

Meredith M. Marmaduke*

* Acting governor

November 20, 1844 to December 27, 1848:

John C. Edwards

December 27, 1848 to January 3, 1853:

Austin A. King

January 3, 1853 to January 5, 1857:

Sterling Price

January 5, 1857 to February 27, 1857:

Trusten Polk*

* Resigned

February 27, 1857 to October 22, 1857:

Hancock Lee Jackson*

* Acting governor

October 22, 1857 to January 3, 1961:

Robert Marcellus Stewart

January 31, 1861 to July 30, 1861:

Claiborne Fox Jackson*

* Removed from office

July 31, 1864 to January 2, 1865:

Willard Preble Hall*

* Acting governor

January 2, 1865 to January 12, 1869:

Thomas C. Fletcher

January 12, 1869 to January 9, 1871:

Joseph W. McClurg

January 9, 1871 to January 8, 1873:

Benjamin G. Brown

January 8, 1873 to January 12, 1875:

Silas Woodson

Janaury 12, 1875 to January 8, 1877:

Charles Henry Hardin

January 8, 1877 to January 10, 1881:

John S. Phelps

January 10, 1881 to January 12, 1885:

Thomas T. Crittenden

January 12, 1885 to December 26, 1887:

John S. Marmaduke*

* Died in office

December 28, 1887 to January 14, 1889:

Albert P. Morehous*

* Acting governor

January 14, 1889 to January 9, 1893:

Divid R. Francis

January 9, 1893 to January 11, 1897:

William J. Stone

January 11, 1897 to January 14, 1901:

Lawrence West Stephens

January 14, 1901 to January 9, 1905:

Alexander M. Dockery

January 9, 1905 to January 11, 1909:

Jospeh W. Folk

January 11, 1909 to January 13, 1913:

Herbert S. Hadley

January 13, 1913 to January 8, 1917:

Elliot W. Major

January 8, 1917 to January 10, 1921:

Frederick D. Gardner

January 10, 1921 to January 12, 1925:

Arthur M. Hyde

January 12, 1925 to January 14, 1929:

Samuel A. Baker

January 14, 1929 to January 9, 1933:

Henry S. Caufield

January 9, 1933 to January 11, 1937:

Guy B. Park

January 11, 1937 to January 13, 1941:

Lloyd C. Stark

January 13, 1941 to January 8, 1945:

Forrest C. Donnell

January 8, 1945 to January 10, 1949:

Phil M. Donnelly

January 10, 1949 to January 12, 1953:

Forrest Smith

January 12, 1953 to January 14, 1957:

Phil M. Donnelly

January 14, 1957 to January 9, 1961:

James T. Blair, Jr.

January 9, 1961 to January 11, 1965:

John M. Dalton

January 11, 1965 to January 8, 1973:

Warren E. Hearnes

January 8, 1973 to January 10, 1977:

Christpher S. Bond

January 10, 1977 to January 12, 1981:

Jospeh P. Teasdale

January 12, 1981 to January 14, 1985:

Christopher S. Bond

January 14, 1985 to January 11, 1993:

John Ashcroft

January 11, 1993 to October 16, 2000 :

Mel Carnahan

October 17, 2000 to January 8, 2001:

Roger B. Wilson

January 8, 2001 to January 10, 2005

Bob Holden

January 10, 2005 to January 12, 2009:

Matt Blunt

January 12, 2009 –

Jay Nixon

 
Senators - Class I

August 10, 1821 – March 4, 1851

Thomas Hart Benton

March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1857

Henry Sheffie Geyer

March 4, 1857 – January 10, 1862

Trusten Polk * Expelled from office

January 17, 1862 – March 3, 1869

John Brooks Henderson

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875

Carl Schurz

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1905

Francis Marion Cockrell

March 18, 1905 – March 3, 191

William Warner

March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1929

James Alexander Reed

March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1935

Roscoe Conkling Patterson

January 3, 1935 – January 17, 1945

Harry S. Truman * Resigned office

January 18, 1945 – January 3, 1947

Frank Parks Briggs

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1953

James Preston Kem

January 3, 1953 – December 27, 1976

William Stuart Symington

December 27, 1976 – January 3, 1995

John Claggett Danforth

January 4, 1995 – January 3, 2001

John David Ashcroft

January 3, 2001 – November 25, 2002

Jean Anne Carpenter Carnahan

November 25, 2002 – January 3, 2007

James Matthes Talent

January 3, 2007–

Claire McCaskill

 
Senators - Class III

August 10, 1821– March 3, 1831

David Barton

March 4, 1831– June 6, 1833

Alexander Buckner * Died in office

October 25, 1833 – October 3, 1843

Lewis Fields Linn * Died in office

December 04, 1844 – March 03, 1855

David Rice Atchison

March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1861

James Stephen Green

March 17, 1861 – January 10, 1862

Waldo Porter Johnson * Expelled from office

January 17, 1862 – November 13, 1863

Robert Wilson

December 14, 1863 – March 3, 1867

Benjamin Gratz Brown

March 4, 1867 – December 19, 1870

Charles Daniel Drake * Resigned office

December 19, 1870 – January 20, 1871

Daniel Tarbox Jewett

January 20, 1871 – March 3, 1873

Francis Preston Blair, Jr.

March 4, 1873 – September 20, 1877

Lewis Vital Bogy * Died in office

September 29, 1877 – January 26, 1879

David Hartley Armstrong

January 27, 1879 – March 3, 1879

James Shields

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1903

George Graham Vest

March 4, 1903 – April 14, 1918

William Joel Stone * Died in office

April 30, 1918 – November 5, 1918

Xenophon Pierce Wilfley

November 6, 1918 – May 16, 1925

Selden Palmer Spencer * Died in office

May 25, 1925 – December 5, 1926

George Howard Williams

December 6, 1926 – February 3, 1933

Harry Bartow Hawes * Resigned office

February 3, 1933 – January 3, 1945

Joel Bennett Clark

January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1951

Forrest C. Donnell

January 3, 1951 – September 13, 1960

Thomas Carey Hennings, Jr. * Died in office

September 23, 1960 – December 27, 1968

Edward Vaughn Long

December 27, 1968 – January 5, 1987

Thomas Francis Eagleton

January 3, 1987 –

Christopher Samuel Bond

 
State Song
Missouri Waltz

Lyrics by James Royce Shannon
Music by John Valentine Eppel

Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumber time is comin' soon;
Rest yo' head upon my breast, while mommy hums a tune;
The sandman is callin', where shadows are fallin',
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.

Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a little child on my mommy's knee;
The old folks were hummin', their banjos were strummin'
So sweet and low.

Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum,
Seems I hear those banjos playin' once again,
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.

Hear that mournful melody,
It just haunts you the whole day long,
And you wander in dreams, back to Dixie, it seems,
When you hear that old song.

Hush a-bye, my baby, go to sleep on Mommy's knee,
Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
It seems like your Mommy is there again,
And the old folks were strummin' that old refrain.

Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
When the stars were blinkin' and the moon was climbin' high,
Seems I hear voices low, as in days long ago
Singin' hush a-bye.

Adopted as the official state song in l949.


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1830: 140,455

1840: 383,702

1850: 682,044

1860: 1,118,012

1870: 1,721,295

1880: 2,168,380

1890: 2,679,184

1900: 3,106,665

1910: 3,293,335

1920: 3,404,055

1930: 3,629,367

1940: 3,784,664

1950: 3,954,653

1960: 4,319,813

1970: 4,677,623

1980: 4,916,686

1990: 5,117.073

2000: 5,596,683


State Capitol Building 1924
 








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