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Famous Missourians in the 1940 Census

Thomas Hart Benton, renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer was living at his home in Kansas City and teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Baseball Hall of Famer, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, was 14 years old and living with his family on "The Hill" in St. Louis.


Rock 'n' roll legend, Chuck Berry, was 13 and resided with his parents in the north St. Louis neighborhood called "The Ville."
Known for both his baseball and broadcasting career, Joe Garagiola was 14 years old and hung his hat with his parents on "The Hill," just a few houses down from his friend and fellow baseball player Yogi Berra.


Lizzie Marshall, born Lizzie Scott, was the last surviving child of Dred and Harriet Scott. Her age is listed as 80, but she was likely older as her 1945 death certificate indicates she was "about 90" at the time of death.
"Boss Tom" Pendergast, Kansas City's infamous political boss, was not listed at home with his family. Instead, you can find him in Leavenworth, Kansas, serving a 15 month prison term for tax evasion.


Missouri's 39th Governor, Lloyd Stark, who served from 1937-1941, is living "rent free" in the Governor's Mansion with his wife Katherine and their three children.
Future president, Harry S. Truman, was a United States Senator paying $50 a month to stay with his mother-in-law when in Independence.


The 74 year old Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House on the Prairie fame, had taken up residence on a farm in Wright County with her husband Almanzo.