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POLK, Trusten, senator, born in Sussex county, Delaware, 29 May, 1811 ; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 16 April, 1876. He was graduated at Yale in 1831, and then began the study of law in the office of the attorney-general of Delaware, but completed his course at Yale law-school. In 1835 he removed to St. Louis, No., and, establishing himself there in the practice of his profession, soon rose to a high place at the bar. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1845, and in 1848 a presidential elector. He was elected governor of Missouri as a Democrat in 1856, and soon after his accession to office was chosen United States senator, serving from 4 March, 1857, until his expulsion for disloyalty on 10 January, 1862. Meanwhile he had joined the Confederate government and filled various offices of responsibility within its jurisdiction. In 1864 he was taken prisoner, and after his exchange held the office of military judge of the Department of Mississippi. At, the close of the war he returned to St. Louis, and there devoted himself to the practice of his profession until his death.
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