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ARMSTRONG, David Hartley, senator, born in Nova Scotia, 21 October 1812. He received an academic education at the Maine Wesleyan seminary, and, having removed to St. Louis, Mo., 16 September 1837, opened and taught the first public school in the state, 1 April 1838. He was comptroller of St. Louis from 1847 to 1850, and member of the board of police commissioners from 1873 to 1875 and again in 1877, serving as its vice-president and filling other local offices. He was chosen United States senator from Missouri as a democrat in October 1877, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lewis V. Bogy, and served until 1879.
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