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In 1819, Moses Bates surveyed the downtown area that became Hannibal, and with Jonathan Fleming built the first log cabin in town. Bates owned the first steamboat in Hannibal, and as plats were sold and new settlers arrived, the town's population grew to 30 residents by 1830. The town became a chartered city in 1845, and James Brady was elected Mayor. By 1850, Hannibal boasted more than 2,000 citizens.
In honor of these early founders, we are grateful to our Bicentennial Sponsors at the Founder Level.
Moses Bates, founder of Hannibal, Missouri