5th State Treasurer: 1838-1843
Abraham McClellan (Democrat), the 5th State Treasurer, was born Nov. 1, 1776, in Virginia. Upon moving to Missouri, he settled in Jackson County.
He built the second house in Fort Osage Township, southwest of the fort, in 1822. It was a one and one-half story double log house. He was a prominent
man of Jackson County in its pioneer days and Governor John Miller appointed him among the first three judges of that county. The court met for its
first time in a private house in Independence on May 21, 1827.
He was appointed state treasurer on June 6, 1838, following the death of John Walker. Mr. McClellan moved to Jefferson City upon becoming state
treasurer, with an annual salary of $1,250 and the posting of a $100,000 bond. He was reappointed for two additional terms, serving through 1842.
While the treasurer's office had always been located away from the Capitol Building, it is presumed that he moved his office, as other state officials
did, when rebuilding was complete in 1840.
Mr. McClellan was married and had three children. He died Sept. 18, 1851.