Doniphan, Alexander William
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Alexander William Doniphan (July 9, 1908-August 8, 1887) was a 19th-century American attorney, soldier and politician from Missouri who is best know today as the man who prevented the summary execution of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr. at the close of the 1838 Mormon War. He also achieved renown as a leader of American troops during the Mexican-American War, as author of a legal code that still forms the basis of New Mexico's Bill of Rights, and as a successful defense attorney in the Missouri towns of Liberty, Richmond and Independence.
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This is an account of the artillery piece originally captured by Col. Alexander Doniphan during the Mexican War. The cannon is reputed to have "fired the first shot" against slavery as well as in support of the cause. It is now on permanent deposit with the Douglas County Historical Society, Lawrence, Kansas.