Lilburn W Boggs

December 14, 1796–March 14, 1860

1 Born at Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky; son of Martha Oliver and John M. Boggs. Lived at St. Louis, Franklin, Fort Osage, Harmony Mission, Independence, and Jefferson City, Missouri. Elected Missouri state senator, 1826, 1828, 1842; elected lieutenant governor, 1832. Served as governor of Missouri, 1836–1840. Authorized the “extermination order” expelling Latter-day Saints from Missouri, 1838. Returned to Independence, before 1842. Severely wounded by an assassin, May 6, 1842; accused Joseph Smith of complicity. Migrated to Sonoma, Mexico, 1846; moved to Napa Valley, Napa County, California, 1852. Appointed alcalde of all California north of Sacramento by American military authorities. Died at Napa Valley. (See Document 3.13, 3.24)


  1. [1] See The Joseph Smith Papers, “People of the Time,” database, People of the Time (, accessed Apr. 2014), Lilburn W. Boggs; and Dictionary of American Biography, ed. Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1964), 1:409–410 (second numbering). “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Dec. 29, 2015), Lilburn Boggs 9QSH-QZG .