Alexander William Doniphan (1808-1887) - Missouri attorney, military figure, politician, and businessman - is one of the most significant figures in antebellum Missouri. From the 1830s to the 1880s, Doniphan was active in a variety of affairs in Missouri and held firm to several underlying principles, including loyalty, hard work, the sanctity of the republic, and commitment to Christian charity. However, the key to Doniphan's importance was his persistent moderation on the critical issues of his day. Alexander William Doniphan will be of interest to academic specialists and general readers alike, especially those interested in Mormon studies, Missouri history, military history, and western history.
Roger D. Launius is the Chief Historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet, which received the prestigious David W. and Beatrice C. Evans Biography Award.The Missouri Biography Series, edited by William E. Foley