R.L.Y. (Lud) Peyton's journey from obscurity to the national stage and then to oblivion, is as unlikely as it is incredible. Born into the cavalier Virginia gentry, Lud's family migrated to Oxford, Ohio, while he was still young. He there attended Miami University before earning a law degree from the University of Virginia. Peyton moved west in search of professional opportunity, for 10 years practicing frontier law in Harrisonville, Missouri. Then, inflamed by the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise, he exploded onto the political stage in 1854. Representing western Missouri in the state senate, Peyton helped trigger the secession crisis and later served as a Senator in the Confederate States Congress until 1863, when he died of malaria in Alabama. Lud Peyton's journey is uniquely American, his life magnifying both Missouri's and the country's turbulent antebellum history. Join us on Facebook Live as author Tom Rafiner details the life of this fascinating and little known politician.