Brig. Gen. (USA) Odon Guitar

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Brig. Gen. (USA) Odon Guitar

Birthplace: Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 13, 1908 (80)
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, United States
Place of Burial: Columbia, Boone County, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Guitar and Emily Guitar
Husband of Kate Guitar
Father of Mary Brown

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Brig. Gen. (USA) Odon Guitar

Odon Guitar (August 31, 1825 – March 13, 1908) was a general in the Union Missouri State Militia during the American Civil War. He was noted for his successful campaign against Joseph C. Porter and John A. Poindexter's recruiting commands in northern Missouri.

Odon Guitar was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, to John Guitar and Emily Gordon. His father had emigrated from Bordeaux, France, and met his mother in Kentucky. They moved to Boone County, Missouri, in 1827.[1]

Odon Guitar was an excellent student and enrolled in the initial class of the University of Missouri in 1842, graduating in 1846 with an A.B. degree. He was unable to give his commencement address because at the time he was off with Alexander Doniphan's Expedition in the Mexican War.[2] As a result, his degree was the first conferred by the university "in absentia."[3] Having distinguished himself he returned from the war in 1847.

Guitar studied law under his uncle, John B. Gordon, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. He left to participate in the California gold rush, returning to Columbia, Missouri, to resume his law practice in October 1851.

Guitar became involved in Whig politics and was elected to two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (1854–1856 and 1858-1860.)

Guitar married Kate Leonard, the daughter of Judge Abiel Leonard on December 26, 1865, and raised seven children.

Guitar was president of the Boone County Bar Association until 1878 and he achieved a legendary record of success in defending homicide cases. He supported education, becoming curator of the University of Missouri and as president of the Columbia Board of Education.[1][4] Guitar was a member of the Republican Party after the war.

Odon Guitar died at his home in Columbia on March 13, 1908, and is buried in Columbia Cemetery.

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Brig. Gen. (USA) Odon Guitar's Timeline

August 31, 1827
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, United States
August 14, 1870
Eagle Park, Columbia, Boone, Missouri, United States
March 13, 1908
Age 80
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, United States
Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, United States