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KOUNS, Nathan Chapman, author, born in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, 17 December, 1883. His paternal ancestors, who came to this country with Lord Baltimore, were from Strasbourg. Mr. Kouns was educated chiefly at home, and at St. Charles college, Missouri, where he was graduated in 1852. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practised until he entered the Confederate army, in which he served during the civil war, being several times wounded. He afterward returned to the practice of the law, and in January, 1887, was appointed by the supreme court of Missouri librarian of the state library at Jefferson City. He is the author of "Dorcas, Daughter of Faustina" (New York, 1863), and " Arias, the Libyan" (1883), and of two other works that are still in manuseript.
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