The governor was most disturbed by the lack of an official State Seal. He told the legislature “considerable inconvenience daily arises form the want of a seal of state.” About two years after the drafting of a constitution was authorized and seven months after statehood had been formally granted, Missouri finally had a State Seal.The man who designed it is largely forgotten today, although he was a distinguished figure of his time.Robert William Wells is the man who created the State Seal. He was in his late 20s when he designed it and during the next forty years he would play an important role in the developement of our state.

AOWM January 11, 2005