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Joseph Charless

Joseph Charless
1772–1834
Newspaper Editor

Joseph Charless fled to America in 1795 after participating in the Irish Rebellion. He arrived in St. Louis in 1808 and established the Missouri Gazette, the first newspaper west of the Mississippi which was printed in both French and English.

Also buried here are members of the Blow family, the first and last owners of the slave Dred Scott, whose freedom was denied by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark decision of 1857, after prolonged litigation. Four months before Scott’s death, in 1858, he was granted his freedom by Taylor Blow.