November 23, 1791

Philanthropist John O’Fallon was born on this day.  He established the O’Fallon Institute which is now Washington University.  He built and donated new buildings to St. Louis University.  He also started and served as the first president for three important railroads.  Many things including O’Fallon, Missouri are named for him.

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.

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