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2016

Revered Missourian Alexander Doniphan's life remembered and honored at symposium in his name

The community is invited to attend the Alexander Doniphan Symposium, a free event, on October 22, 2016. The Symposium will be held in the John Gano Memorial Chapel at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Transportation will be provided to and from the parking lot on the east side of the campus to the Gano Chapel and Yates-Gill Building.

The symposium will be followed by a dinner at 5:30 pm in the Yates-Gill Building, adjacent to Gano Chapel, where the 2016 Alexander Doniphan Community Service Award will be presented to Susan Easton Black. Cost for the dinner is $25, and tickets can be purchased at www.windingriver.com/awd2016. Please RSVP for both the symposium and/or dinner at www.windingriver.com/awd2016.  

We understand you may have scheduling conflicts and invite you to attend symposium sessions
or the optional dinner that fits your schedule.

The featured presenters are Susan Easton Black, and Alexander Baugh, both experts on the life of Alexander Doniphan.  Also in attendance, Jeremiah Morgan, General Counsel to the Supreme Court of Missouri, will discuss defending our religious freedom.

Read more about Alexander Doniphan and the Community Service Award Named in his honor. >>>>>


Symposium Registration
(Symposium will be held in the John Gano Chapel)

 

There is no charge to attend the symposium sessions, but we request you indicate which sessions you will attend so we can ensure adequate facilities.

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Dinner Registration
 

Online Registration for the Dinner is no longer available. We will be able to accept dinner reservations by phone through Wednesday evening, October 19.

Please call Frank McMillian at 816-898-7485 to make your dinner reservations.
 


Alexander W. Doniphan embodied the highest level of integrity and used his considerable abilities and moderate voice to lead and serve communities in Missouri as well as the nation.

Born in 1808, Alexander Doniphan was a lawyer by profession.  He argued cases defending the rights of Mormon settlers in Jackson County, served in Missouri's General Assembly, and labored for the addition of the Platte Purchase to Missouri's boundaries.
2016 marks the fortieth anniversary of the rescission of the extermination order issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs in 1838 which directed that  "the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace". This extermination order played a key role in escalating events leading to what would become known as the Mormon war. During this time, Brigadier General Doniphan was ordered by General Samuel Lucas of the State Militia to execute Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his older brother Hyrum, and other Church leaders.  He rejected the order stating that, "It is cold-blooded murder, I will not obey your order." .  In 1976, after nearly 138 years, then Missouri Governor Christopher S. "Kit" Bond rescinded the order declaring that the original order violated legal rights established by the U.S. Constitution.  

Alexander Doniphan's courage and leadership were also evident as a colonel in the Mexican-American war where Doniphan led one of the most famous military expeditions in American history as his men marched over 5000 miles and took part in several important battles.  Following his service in the war, Doniphan was selected to write a code of civil laws in both English and Spanish that still forms the basis of New Mexico's Bill of Rights and legal code.  He was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as a delegate to the Washington Peace Conference in 1861.    Alexander Doniphan took a great interest in education and was the first commissioner of schools in Clay County, as well as one of the founders of William Jewell College. He gained a reputation as a supporter of business, political and economic growth of his community and country.

The Alexander Doniphan Community Service Award has been presented nine times since its establishment in 2002 to remember Doniphan's lifelong service to his community and nation and to recognize honorees as ones who exemplify Doniphan's exceptional characteristics and personal commitments in education, jurisprudence, statesmanship, patriotism, and business. This year's recipient Susan Easton Black holds an Ed.D. from Brigham Young University, where she joined the religion department as its first female professor in 1978, specializing in research on Joseph Smith and the early Latter-day Saints, and particularly on the Missouri and Nauvoo periods. Black also served as an associate dean of General Education and Honors and has authored 124 books and some 250 articles.

In 2008, on his 200th birthday, Alexander W. Doniphan was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians at the Missouri State Capitol. Doniphan's bust was placed among some 40 others which occupy the third floor of the rotunda in the state capitol.
 

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