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  Immigration in the 1840s
Category:  Cultural Life, Demographics (immigration, etc.), St. Louis and the West
Brief Description:  The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-46 and revolution in Germany in 1848 pushed people from both countries to emigrate to America. By 1850, 43% of St. Louisans were German or Irish natives. Many prominent St. Louisans were of Irish descent, and they helped bring their countrymen to St. Louis. Native St. Louisan Bryan Mullanphy gave more than a half-million dollars to help immigrants passing through on their way west. The German and Irish Emigrant Societies helped the new immigrants get settled and find jobs. The immigration led to the formation of the "Native American" political party, as well as riots against the immigrants.
Year:  1846
Decade:  1840 - 1849
Beginning Date:    1846
Ending Date:     Jan. 01, 1851



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