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Edwards, Richard; Hopewell, M.; Ashley, William; Barry, James G.; Belt and Priest; Casey, John; Hall, W.; Labaum, Louis A.; Leduc, Mary Philip; Lisa, Manuel; O'Fallon, Benjamin; Piernas; Port Folio; Risley, W.; Stoddard, Amos; Williams, Henry W.; Yore, John E. Edwards's Great West and Her Commercial Metropolis, Embracing a General View of the West, and a Complete History of St. Louis, from the Landing of Ligueste, in 1764, to the Present Time; with Portraits and Biographies of Some of the Old Settlers, and Many of the Most Prominent Buisiness Men . St. Louis: Office of Edwards's Monthly, A Journal of Progress, 1860. [format: book], [genre: biography; history; letter; narrative]. Permission: St. Louis Mercantile Library
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Revenue and Taxes.

It will be a matter of interesting information for the readers of this work to look over the following statistics, where they can see almost at a glance the gradations in the value of personal and real estate in St. Louis. Some of the record-books have been destroyed by fire, which accounts for the hiatus in the tables between the years 1812 and 1819. We have given the amount of taxes raised by assessment, with the percentage of each year, and, by careful calculation from that data, have arrived at the correct assessment of the real and personal estate.

Year. Names of Assessors. Taxes from Assessment. Value of Real and Personal Estate. Population.
1799. 925
1810. 1,400
1811 Wm. C. Carr, Auguste Chouteau, $672 58 (1/2 per cent.) $134,516 00
1812 Charles Sanguinet, Dr. Robert Simpson 447 71 (? of one per cent.) 134,313 00
1819 Jabez Warner 3,396 48 3/4 424,560 00
1820 M. P. Leduc 3,585 54 4,928
1821 " 3,823 80
1822 " 3,824 68
1823 Ferguson & Leduc 4,050 32 (1/2 of one percent.) 810,064 00
1824 " 5,062 29
1825 " 1,970 41 3/4 (1/4 of one per cent.) 1,013,167 00
1826 Peter Ferguson. 2,509 68 3/4 (1/4 of one percent.)
1827 Elliot Lee 2,933 45
1828 " 3,775 83 5,000
1829 Patrick Walsh 4,765 98
1830 L. A. Benoist 4,576 64 5,852
1831 " 3,466 77
1832 " 3,897 64
1833 " 2,745 84 6,397
1834 Joseph T. Garnier 2,579 61
1835 John McCauslaud 8,332 08 8,316
1836 26,615 41
1837 30,100 00 12,040
1838
1839 39,055 00
1840 43,291 56 8,682,506 00 16,469
1842 45,088 61 12,101,028 00
1844 47,780 00 13,999,914 50 34,140
1846 15,055,720 99
1848 19,506,497 85
1850 29,676,649 24 74,439
1851 34,443,529 21
1852 38,281,668 96 94,000
1853 39,397,186 33
1855 42,991,812 00
1856 59,609,289 0
1858 82,609,449 31
1859 1,074,112 08 104,621,360 92 185,587

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These tables have been prepared with the greatest care, and are perfectly reliable. This statement is necessary, so that the community may know that we have gone to the records ourselves, and have drawn from no other sources. All of the reports which we have seen published in this connection, without a single exception, are full of inaccuracies.

When the Province of Louisiana was ceded to the United States, and Congress divided it into two districts, the governor and judges of Indiana, who had the executive control of the District of Louisiana, made some law relative to revenue, but the assessment was a general assessment, and St. Louis was only a part of a district. It was not until 1809 that it became a town, and the first assessment of which there is any record took place in 1811.

The highest valuation of property was assessed to Auguste Chouteau, the valuation of his property being $15,664, on which he paid a tax of seventy-eight and thirty-two cents. The estate of Francis M. Benoist, father of L. A. Benoist, the well-known banker of St. Louis, was assessed at $1,100.

Aususte Chouteau paid a tax of $268 10 on property assessed to $76,600, being the largest property-holder in the town. Judge J. B. C. Lucas paid a tax of $36 94 on property valued at $10,555. Colonel John O'Fallon paid a tax of $8 58 on property valued at $2,450. William Clark paid a tax of $69 76 on property valued at $19,930. William Christy paid a tax of $52 50 on property valued at $16,000. Henry Von Phul paid a tax of $28 61 on property assessed to $8,175 00.

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Edwards, Richard; Hopewell, M.; Ashley, William; Barry, James G.; Belt and Priest; Casey, John; Hall, W.; Labaum, Louis A.; Leduc, Mary Philip; Lisa, Manuel; O'Fallon, Benjamin; Piernas; Port Folio; Risley, W.; Stoddard, Amos; Williams, Henry W.; Yore, John E. Edwards's Great West and Her Commercial Metropolis, Embracing a General View of the West, and a Complete History of St. Louis, from the Landing of Ligueste, in 1764, to the Present Time; with Portraits and Biographies of Some of the Old Settlers, and Many of the Most Prominent Buisiness Men . St. Louis: Office of Edwards's Monthly, A Journal of Progress, 1860. [format: book], [genre: biography; history; letter; narrative]. Permission: St. Louis Mercantile Library
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=edwards.html
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