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Henry C. Brokmeyer

Background

  • 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.

  • Education

    • common schools

      He entered prep. dept. Georgetown Coll., was dismissed as result to theol. dispute with coll. pres.; then studied philosophy with Wayland at Brown U., Providence; returned West, settled and studied philosophy in abandoned cabin, Warren County, Mo., 1954-56.

    Career

    • 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).

    Membership

    • a member of the lower house of the Legislature from Warren county , the USA

    • In 1866 he was a member of the Board of Aldermen , the USA

    Connections

    • father: Frederick William Brockmeyer
    • 1st wife: Elizabeth Robertson
    • 2nd wife: Julia Keinlen
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    Born August 12, 1828
    Died July 26, 1906
    (aged 77)
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    • Membership
      • a member of the lower house of the Legislature from Warren county
      • In 1866 he was a member of the Board of Aldermen
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