David H. Armstrong

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David Hartley Armstrong
David H. Armstrong - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
September 29, 1877 – January 26, 1879
Preceded by Lewis V. Bogy
Succeeded by James Shields
Personal details
Born (1812-10-21)October 21, 1812
Nova Scotia, British Canada
Died March 18, 1893(1893-03-18) (aged 80)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Democratic

David Hartley Armstrong (October 21, 1812 – March 18, 1893) was a United States Senator from Missouri. Born in Nova Scotia, British Canada, he attended Maine Wesleyan Seminary and taught school in New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1833 to 1837. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1837, and then to Lebanon, Illinois, where he taught at McKendree University. He returned to Missouri and was principal of the public school at Benton from 1838 to 1847, comptroller of St. Louis from 1847 to 1850, postmaster of St. Louis from 1854 to 1858 and a member of the board of police commissioners from 1873 to 1876.

Armstrong served as a member of the board of freeholders which framed the charter of St. Louis in 1876, and was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lewis V. Bogy, serving from September 29, 1877, to January 26, 1879, when a successor was elected and qualified. Armstrong was not a candidate for reelection in 1879; and in 1893 died in St. Louis. Interment was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Armstrong was Vice President of the St. Louis Board and helped command the July 27, 1877 cavalry attack on the strikers outside Schuler Hall, the headquarters of the Executive Committee coordinating the St. Louis General strike. He reportedly yelled from a shady side of the street for his policemen to "Ride 'em down!". (Burbank 1966, p. 143)

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Burbank, David 1966, Reign of the Rabble: The St. Louis General Strike of 1877, NY: Augustus M. Kelley, p. 143.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Lewis V. Bogy
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: Francis M. Cockrell
Succeeded by
James Shields