Past Treasurers
Nathaniel Simonds

2nd State Treasurer: 1821-1829

Nathaniel Simonds (Democrat), the 2nd State Treasurer, was born in 1775 in Windsor, Vt., and moved to the western banks of the Mississippi River around 1800. He eventually settled near St. Charles and secured a Spanish grant on the Cuivre River in February 1801. Mr. Simonds became a prominent citizen of St. Charles. He was the county sheriff, operated a tavern and was the owner of the stage and mail coach from St. Louis to St. Charles.

He was appointed state treasurer in September 1821 by a vote of the General Assembly, following the resignation of John Peter Didier. Mr. Simonds served as state treasurer under four different governors. He received a salary of $730 annually and was paid quarterly. As state treasurer he was required to secure a $60,000 bond with a minimum of six securities, which would protect the state of Missouri against malfeasance or misfeasance while in office. In 1826, the Capitol was moved from St. Charles to Jefferson City and presumably the treasurer's office moved with it.

There is no record of a marriage. After his retirement as a state official he moved to Lincoln County, where he died at Troy on April 20, 1850.