August 3, 1778

This is the birthday of Thornton Grimsley. He was the St. Louis saddle maker who designed the famous Grimsley saddle which was used by the U.S. Army from 1833 onward.

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.