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1847 The Legislature Acts

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1847: The Legislature Acts

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1847: The Legislature Acts

Acknowledging that the current state law that confined the mentally ill to county jails, along with thieves, murderers and other criminals, was undesirable, the Senate in January 1845 authorized the state to borrow $30,000 to erect an asylum. Not until February 1847, after rejecting appeals to locate the facility in St. Louis, did the legislature finally authorize construction in one of eight mid-Missouri counties: Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau or Saline.

Senate Bill # 89, A Bill To Establish An Asylum for the Insane, 14th General Assembly, approved February 16, 1847.

The original copy of this bill was partially burned in the Missouri State Capitol fire of February 5, 1911.

A Bill To Establish An Asylum for the Insane, 1847.
Missouri State Archives

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