March 12, 1815

Our 14th Governor, Robert M. Stewart was born on this date. It is said that he rode his horse into the Governor’s Mansion and fed it oats from the furniture. He was also famous for being on his “toots” with alcohol and sometimes hard to find. His main political skill was an ability to come down on both sides of any argument.

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.