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Charles Lucas

September 25, 1792
September 27, 1817
Home Town:
Pittsburgh, PA
Later Residences:
St. Louis, MO
Biographical Notes:
Charles Lucas was the son of John B.C. Lucas and Anne (Sebin) Lucas. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA but his father soon relocated the family to St. Louis, MO. In 1806, Charles was sent east to Jefferson College in Philadelphia. After he completed his education, he returned to St. Louis in 1811.

Lucas joined a territorial militia unit sent to patrol along the Illinois River in 1811. He subsequently transferred to a St. Louis volunteer artillery company led by his brother Robert. When Robert resigned his command in 1813, the St. Louis volunteers elected Charles to replace him. He was given the rank of Captain and for the duration of the War of 1812, the artillery company he commanded periodically reported for duty at the nearby military installation at Portage des Sioux.

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Other Education:
Jefferson College

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
1814 admitted to the Missouri Territory Bar
Training with Other Lawyers:
Read law with Rufus Easton
Federal Posts:
U.S. Attorney (Missouri Territory) 1817

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
It was once believed that he attended the Litchfield Law School but he did not.
Secondary Sources:
Christensen, William O. ed. Dictionary of Missouri Biography. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

John Baptiste Charles Lucas Family Papers (1754-1943) Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis. ALS Lucas, William to Lucas, John Baptiste Charles, box 9 March 6, 1818 and March 15, 1818

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