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April 19, 1812

James S. Rollins was born on this day.  Many recognize Rollins as the Father of the University of Missouri.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.