State Historical Society of Missouri
POLK, Trusten (1811-1876)

POLK, TRUSTEN, a Senator from Missouri; born near Bridgeville, Sussex County, Del., May 29, 1811; attended the common schools and a private academy; graduated from Yale College in 1831; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; city counselor of St. Louis 1843; delegate to the Missouri State constitutional convention in 1845; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1848; inaugurated as Governor of Missouri in January 1857 but soon afterward resigned, having been elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; served from March 4, 1857, to January 10, 1862, when he was expelled for support of the rebellion; during the Civil War served as colonel in the Confederate Army; judge in the military courts of the department of Mississippi in 1864 and 1865, until taken prisoner; resumed the practice of law in St. Louis, Mo., and died there April 16, 1876; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1865. 1 item.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1834-1876. Ca. 26 items and portraits.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: Correspondence in various collections.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1861-1865, 1889. 7 items. Includes a one-volume diary (1865).