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St. Louisans are a diverse and complex people. In this section you will find politicians and poets, murderers and musicians, a Cardinal and a clown. Some brought the world to St. Louis; others brought St. Louis to the world. Some inspired; some embarrassed. Some are still written about; others are largely forgotten.

What ties all of these people together is the fact that they each left a mark on the city. Whether they were sinners or saints—or somewhere in between—these 50 people were shaped by the city and in return helped to shape it. Read their stories and you won’t just learn about them. You will learn about St. Louis and its surrounding areas and how they have changed over the last 250 years.