Trusten Polk

Trusten W Polk (May 29, 1811 – April 16, 1876) served as the 12th Governor of Missouri in 1857 and U.S. Senator from 1857 to 1862.

Trusten W Polk
Hon. Trusten Polk, Mo - NARA - 528704.jpg
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
March 4, 1857 – January 10, 1862
Preceded byHenry S. Geyer
Succeeded byJohn B. Henderson
12th Governor of Missouri
In office
January 5, 1857 – February 27, 1857
LieutenantHancock Lee Jackson
Preceded bySterling Price
Succeeded byHancock Lee Jackson
Personal details
Born(1811-05-29)May 29, 1811
Bridgeville, Delaware
DiedApril 16, 1876(1876-04-16) (aged 64)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Skinner Polk
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
UnitMissouri Regiments Army Banner.svg Missouri State Guard
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Polk was born in Bridgeville, Delaware. A Democrat, he was elected Governor of Missouri in 1856 and served from January 5, 1857, until February 27 when he resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Hancock Lee Jackson succeeded him as governor until the election of Robert Marcellus Stewart.

Polk was expelled from the U.S. Senate January 10, 1862, for his support of the South in the American Civil War. He was appointed as a colonel in the Missouri State Guard under the command of Confederate General Sterling Price, and later served as a judge in the military courts of the Department of Mississippi in 1864 and 1865.[1]

After the war, Polk was a lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri. He is buried there in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Trusten W Polk". Missouri State Archives. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

External linksEdit

Party political offices
Preceded by
Sterling Price
Democratic nominee for Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Robert Marcellus Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
Sterling Price
Governor of Missouri
January 5, 1857 – February 27, 1857
Succeeded by
Hancock L. Jackson
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Henry S. Geyer
U.S. senator (Class 1) from Missouri
March 4, 1857 – January 10, 1862
Served alongside: James S. Green and Waldo P. Johnson
Succeeded by
John B. Henderson