John Baptiste Charles Lucas (1758 - 1842)

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Nicknames: "John", "Baptiste", "Charles", "Lucas"
Birthplace: Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France
Death: Died in near St. Louis, Missouri
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About John Baptiste Charles Lucas

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John Baptiste Charles Lucas (August 14, 1758 – August 17, 1842) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

John B. C. Lucas was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. He attended the Honfleur and Paris Law Schools, and graduated from the law department of the University of Caen in 1782. He practiced law in France until 1784, when he immigrated to the United States, settled near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Lucas was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1792 to 1798. He served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1794.

Lucas was elected as a Republican to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served until his resignation in 1805, before the assembling of the Ninth Congress. He moved to St. Louis (then part of the Louisiana Territory), having been appointed district judge for the District of Louisiana (which became Missouri Territory in 1812), and served from 1805 until 1820, when he resigned. He also served as commissioner of land claims of northern Louisiana from 1805 to 1812. He resumed agricultural pursuits and died near St. Louis in 1842. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery.

While in Missouri he donated land in downtown St. Louis in 1816 for a courthouse that is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. When courthouse was abandoned in 1930 as the court functions relocated to larger quarters, his descendents fought unsuccessfully to get the courthouse back. The Gateway Arch arches over the courthouse. Five of Lucas' sons were to die violently, including Charles Lucas, who was killed in a duel with Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

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John B. C. Lucas, US Congress's Timeline

1758
1758
Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France
1788
1788
Age 30
1792
1792
Age 34
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1794
1794
Age 36
1796
1796
Age 38
1798
1798
Age 40
1800
1800
Age 42
1842
1842
Age 84
near St. Louis, Missouri
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Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum Saint Louis St. Louis City Missouri