Vignettes of Famous Missourians
6. What was his name?
A. David Rice Atchison.
[References: Theodore C. Atchison, "David R. Atchison," Missouri Historical
Review, XXIV (July 1930), 502-15; Allen Johnson, editor, Dictionary of American
Biography (New York, 1943), I, 402-03; Floyd C. Shoemaker, Missouri's Hall of Fame
(Columbia, 1923), 172-76; Floyd C. Shoemaker, editor, Missouri Day by Day (Jefferson
City, 1942), I, 174-75.]
THIS GERMAN-BORN ST. LOUIS BREWER WAS ONE OF AMERICA'S
GREAT INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS
Released February 6, 1958
Builder of a giant brewing industry and world-famous as a
philanthropist, he began his career in America as a shipping clerk
in a wholesale commission house on the St. Louis levee. Who was
1. Where was his boyhood home?
A. He was born near Mainz, Germany, in 1837, the youngest
of 21 children. After attending schools in Mainz, Darmstadt,
and BrUvSsels, he worked in a Cologne mercantile house. He
came to St. Louis in 1857.
2. How did he get his start in St. Louis?
A. As he ran errands along the river front for his firm, he
became known for his excellent judgment of brewers'
consignments. After inheriting a modest patrimony in
1859, he started his own
brewery supply business,
which was interrupted during the Civil War by his 14
months' service as a corporal
in the Union Army. In 1861
he married Lily Anheuser,
whose father was operating
the small Bavarian Brewery
in St. Louis. He became a Counesy su Louis PubHc Libmry
partner in the brewery in __. __ .
^ J World-Famous Industrialist and