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LACLEDE, Pierre Ligueste, pioneer, born in Bion, France, in 1724; died on Mississippi river, near the mouth of the Arkansas, 20 June, 1778. He was the head of a company that obtained from Governor D'Abbadie in 1762 the exclusive right to trade with the Indians on Missouri river. Auguste Chouteau, who was second in authority, selected the site of the city of St. Louis for a fortified trading-post, and removed the company's stores thither from Fort de Chartres on 15 February, 1764. Laclede came a month later, approved of the spot for a permanent station, and named it after Louis XV. He acquired a large fortune by trade with the Indians. LACOCK, Abner, senator, born in Virginia in 1770; died in Freedom, Pennsylvania, 12 August, 1837. He settled in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, sat for many years in the state house of representatives and senate, and from 4 November, 1811, till 3 March, 1813, in the national house of representatives, where he opposed General Jackson, although a Democrat and an upholder of the war against Great Britain. At the conclusion of his term in the lower house he was sent to the senate, serving from 24 May, 1813, till 3 March, 1819. He was president of the Pennsylvania and Ohio canal company.
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