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Name:    McDonough, James
Profession:  Other
Category:  Politics and Government
Description:    James McDonough was the first chief of police of St. Louis, appointed by the governor in 1861. He came to St. Louis in 1839 and worked as a city guard. In 1846, he retired and started a detective agency. He was named county treasurer in 1856 and drafted an authorization bill for the police force. In 1861, Governor Jackson approved the first St. Louis Police Board, and McDonough was sworn in as the first police chief. He would serve as chief of police three different times during the Civil War.

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