The state’s second General Assembly kicked off on this date. During the session, legislatures banned duels (such as the one artistically imagined here circa 1899), incorporated St. Louis, founded Marion County, and developed early electoral districts, according to a history from the Missouri Senate.

Photo credit: U.S. Printing Co, Blair, E., Burnett, F. H. & Townesend, S. (ca. 1899) Tour of Eugenie Blair, A lady of quality by Francis Hodgson Burnett and Stephen Townesend. , ca. 1899. Cin. ; N.Y.: U.S. Printing Co. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,