Grand Old Partisan salutes Lyne Shackelford Metcalfe, born in Kentucky this day of 1822. He later moved to Illinois and attended local colleges. A successful merchant, he was mayor of Alton.
During the Civil War, Metcalfe put his expertise to use as quartermaster, rising from captain to colonel. In 1863, he settled in St. Louis and achieved success in manufacturing. After serving on the city council, in 1876 the Republican businessman won a term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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