One of those was Ratliff Boon, a cousin of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone -- even though the last names were spelled differently.
Ratliff Boon was an opponent of slavery and took on the Missouri political machine of Thomas Hart Benton.
Boon cut his political teeth in Indiana, but ran for Congress in Missouri after moving to Louisiana in 1839.
Due to illness, he had to drop out of the race, but is remembered for his reform efforts in the Democrat Party. Boon and his wife, Delilah, are buried in Louisiana's Riverview Cemetery.
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