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Missouri History

Attorney Generals

Photos of Select Attorney Generals

Rufus Easton, atty. gen., D, 1821-26

Rufus Easton
1821-26

Elliot Woolfolk Major, atty. gen., D, 1909-13

Elliot Woolfolk Major
1909-13

Thomas Eagleton, atty. gen., D, 1961-65

Thomas Eagleton
1961-65

Missouri Attorney Generals

Name and (party)

Term

County

Born

Died

1. Edward Bates (D)

1820–21

St. Louis

9/ 4/1793

3/25/1869

2. Rufus Easton (D)

1821–26

St. Louis

3/ 4/1774

7/ 5/1834

3. Robert William Wells (D)

1826–36

St. Charles

11/29/1795

9/22/1861

4. William Barclay Napton (D)

1836–39

Howard

1808

1/ 8/1883

5. Samuel Mansfield Bay (D)

1839–45

Cole

1810

7/1849

6. Benjamin F. Stringfellow (D)

1845–49

Chariton

9/ 3/1816

4/25/1891

7. William A. Robards (D)

1849–51

Boone

5/ 3/1817

9/ 3/1851

8. James B. Gardenhire (Whig)

1851–57

Buchanan

1821

2/20/1862

9. Ephraim B. Ewing (D)

1857–58

Ray

5/1819

6/ 2/1873

10.J. Proctor Knott (D)

1858–61

Scotland

8/29/1830

6/18/1911

11.Aikman Welch (D)1

1861–64

Johnson

5/25/1827

7/28/1864

12.Thomas Theodore Crittenden (D)

1864

Johnson

1/22/1832

5/29/1909

13.Robert Franklin Wingate (D)

1865–69

St. Louis

1/24/1822

11/12/1897

14.Horace B. Johnson (R)

1869–71

Cole

8/14/1842

3/30/1904

15.Andrew Jackson Baker (R)2

1871–72

Schuyler

6/ 6/1832

4/23/1911

16.Henry Clay Ewing (D)

1873–75

Cole

8/15/1828

3/22/1907

17.John A. Hockaday (D)

1875–77

Callaway

1837

11/20/1903

18.Jackson Leonidas Smith (D)

1877–81

Cole

1/31/1837

11/13/1908

19.Daniel Harrison McIntyre (D)

1881–85

Audrain

5/ 5/1833

1/1/1910

20.Banton Gallitin Boone (D)

1885–89

Henry

10/23/1838

2/11/1900

21.John M. Wood (D)

1889–93

Clark

1850

1/25/1926

22.Robert Franklin Walker (D)

1893–97

Morgan

11/29/1850

11/19/1930

23.Edward Coke Crow (D)

1897–1905

Jasper

12/19/1861

5/9/1945

24.Herbert Spencer Hadley (R)

1905–09

Jackson

2/20/1872

12/1/1927

25.Elliott Woolfolk Major (D)

1909–13

Pike

10/20/1864

7/9/1949

26.John Tull Barker (D)

1913–17

Macon

8/ 2/1877

12/7/1958

27.Frank Winton McAllister (D)

1917–21

Monroe

1/26/1873

6/11/1948

28.Jesse W. Barrett (R)

1921–25

Lewis

3/17/1884

11/12/1953

29.Robert William Otto (R)

1925

Franklin

12/25/1892

5/5/1977

30.North Todd Gentry (R)

1925–28

Boone

3/ 2/1866

9/18/1944

31.Stratton Shartel (R)

1928–33

Newton

12/25/1895

2/2/1956

32.Roy M. McKittrick (D)

1933–45

Chariton

8/24/1888

1/22/1961

33.Jonathan E. (Buck) Taylor (D)

1945–53

Livingston

11/26/1906

12/27/1981

34.John M. Dalton (D)

1953–61

Dunklin

11/9/1900

7/7/1972

35.Thomas F. Eagleton (D)

1961–65

St. Louis City

9/4/1929

3/4/2007

36.Norman H. Anderson (D)

1965–69

St. Louis

3/24/1924

6/16/1997

37.John C. Danforth (R)

1969–73

St. Louis

9/5/1936

 

John C. Danforth (R)

1973–77

Cole

9/5/1936

 

38.John D. Ashcroft (R)

1977–85

Greene

5/9/1942

 

39.William L. Webster (R)

1985–93

Jasper

9/17/1953

 

40.Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon (D)

1993-2009

Jefferson

2/13/1956

 

41. Chris Koster (D)

2009-2017

St. Louis

8/31/1964

 

42. Joshua D. Hawley (R)3

2017-2019

Boone

12/31/1979

43. Eric S. Schmitt (R)3

2019-

St. Louis

6/20/1975

Welch was appointed attorney general by provisional Governor Gamble when Knott refused to take loyalty oath.
Liberal.

3 Hawley resigned as Attorney General January 3, 2019 after being elected to the U.S. Senate.  Schmitt was appointed Attorney General.