Rufus Easton

Rufus Easton ( born May 4, 1774 Litchfield, Connecticut; † July 5, 1834 in Saint Charles, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1814 and 1816 he represented the Missouri Territory as a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Rufus Easton enjoyed a good basic education. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in Rome in upstate New York to work in this profession. In 1804, he first moved to Vincennes in the Indiana Territory, and then to St. Louis, which was then still part of the northern part of the Louisiana Territory. He was appointed in 1805 to the judge in his new home.

Between 1805 and 1815, Easton was postmaster of the city of St. Louis. In 1814 he was appointed as delegate of the Missouri Territory was founded in 1812 in the Congress in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Edward Hempstead on September 17, 1814. This mandate he held until August 5, 1816. Then John Scott was elected his successor. Easton made ​​an unsuccessful opposition to the outcome of this election.

After the accession of Missouri to the Union in 1821 was Rufus Easton 1821-1826 Attorney General of the new state. He then practiced as a lawyer again. In his practice and young lawyers were trained. Among them was, among others, Edward Bates, who under President Abraham Lincoln should be Attorney General of the United States later. In addition, Easton has worked in the real estate industry. He died on 5 July 1834 in Saint Charles.