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Lewis Fields Linn

Birthplace: Louisville, KY, USA
Death: Died in Ste. Genevieve, MO, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Asael Linn and Nancy Ann Hunter
Brother of Mary Ann McArthur
Half brother of Henry Dodge, U.S. Senator

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About Lewis F. Linn, U.S. Senator


Lewis Fields Linn (November 5, 1796 – October 3, 1843) was a Jacksonian Democratic U.S. Senator for the state of Missouri born in Kentucky. He served in that role from 1833 to 1843. Four states named counties in his honor: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon. West Linn, Oregon and Linnton, Oregon also get their name from the ex-senator. He died on October 3, 1843.

Linn was the brother-in-law of James Hugh Relfe, half brother of Henry Dodge and uncle of his son Augustus C. Dodge. He was to support his nephew William Pope McArthur in his efforts to get Naval appointments as McArthur was to become the first surveyor of the Pacific Coast.



Physician and US Senator of Missouri (1833-1843). Born near Louisville, Kentucky and orphaned at age 11, Lewis Linn was cared for by his half brother General Henry Dodge. Linn studied medicine and served in the war of 1812 as a surgeon.

After the war, he completed his medical studies in Philadelphia in 1816. Dr. Linn located his practice in Sainte Genevieve in the Missouri Territory. He was elected to the State senate in 1827, appointed to the French Land Claims Commission in Missouri in 1832; appointed and subsequently elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Buckner. He was chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-fourth through Twenty-sixth Congresses), was on the Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-seventh Congress).

Four states named counties in his honor: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon. Also named for him is West Linn, a city in Clackamas County, Oregon because Senator Linn had advocated the American occupation of Oregon as a counterclaim to the British. (bio by: RosalieAnn)

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November 5, 1796
Louisville, KY, USA
October 3, 1843
Age 46
Ste. Genevieve, MO, USA