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John Brooks Henderson

John Brooks Henderson, (1826 – 1913)

Born near Danville in Pittsylvania County, Va., on November 16, 1826. Henderson was orphaned before his was ten years old and his family moved to Lincoln County, Missouri. He studied on his own as he was “bound out” to a farmer until his 18th birthday. Enduring firsthand an adolescent life of involuntary servitude, he beat the odds and taught himself the law. Soon (age 20) he had a practice and soon after (age 22) he was a state legislator.

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