Son of Frederick William Brockmeyer.
He emigrated to N.Y. at age 16, worked as bootblack, learned trades of currier, tanner, shoemaker; traveled, mostly on foot, to Ohio and Ind., then settled and worked in Memphis for 2 years.
In December 1864 he married Elizabeth Robertson. In January 1867 he married 2d, Julia Keinlen.
In 1956 he moved to St. Louis, where he worked as iron-molder, studied and instructed William Torrey Harris and
others in German philosophy; resumed solitary life until illness forced his return to St. Louis.
He served with Mo. Militia in Civil War, imprisoned for organizing a regt.;
elected as War Democrat to Mo. Legislature, 1962-64, opposed disenfranchisement of So. sympathizers;
elected alderman of St. Louis, 1966, Mo. senator, 1870;
mem. Mo. Constl. Conv., 1887;
became lt. gov. Mo., 1876;
organized St. Louis Philos. Soc., 1866, gained large following as leader of St. Louis Movement in philosophy; propagated German Idealism with emphasis on Hegel, envisaged St. Louis as future Athens of Am.;
later became lawyer for Gould railroads; received largest popular vote in Mo. to that time as elector-at-large, 1884; took several western trips.
Contrb. articles to Jour. Speculative Philosophy; wrote some poetry; translated Hegel’s Larger Logic (never published).