Governor Daniel Dunklin was Missouri's fifth governor. He was born in South Carolina in 1790 and came to Missouri 1810. He lived near Potosi where he became profitable in farming and mining after he had returned from serving in the War of 1812. He also studied law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar. His first political position was in 1822-1823 as a Missouri State Representative. He became Missouri's Lieutenant Governor in 1828. In 1832 he was elected as Missouri's fifth governor and served to 1836, resigning before his term ended to be appointed as a US Surveyor General of Missouri and Illinois by President Andrew Jackson. Governor Dunklin is remembered as establishing the public school system in Missouri. He also recommended the site for a state university that in 1839 became a reality and the University of Missouri was founded.
Dunklin and his wife and family moved to Herculaneum in 1840. He built a large home on a 292 acre tract of land overlooking the Mississippi River. He died in 1844 of pnuemonia and is buried on the only acre that was left of his estate. Missouri maintains all of its governors gravesites if they are not in a traditional cemetery, which is why Daniel Dunklin's gravesite is now a Missouri State Historic Site.
Governor Daniel Dunklin Grave State Historic Site
End of Dunklin Drive
Heruclaneum, MO 63048