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Thomas Caute Reynolds
Birth: Oct. 11, 1821
Death: Mar. 30, 1887

After graduating with a law degree from the University of Virginia, Reynolds opened a law office in St. Louis. He served as U.S. district attorney for Missouri & allied himself politically with Claiborne Jackson. Reynolds was chosen to be Jackson's running mate in the gubernatorial election of 1860 & became Missouri's Lieutenant Governor. They called the pro-Confederate legislators into session & passed an ordinance of secession for Missouri. On Jackson's death in 1862, Reynolds became governor-in-exile. After the war Reynolds went to Mexico with General Shelby, but Emperor Maximilian refused to hire the former Confederates as mercenaries. After brief employment as a counselor to Maximilian before returning to Missouri in 1868, Reynolds returned to Missouri to practice law. On March 30, 1887, Governor Reynolds fell down the north elevator shaft of the Custom House (now the "Old Post Office" in downtown St. Louis) & was killed. A note was found in his pocket explaining that he was troubled by insomnia & frequent nervousness & persistent melancholy, hallucinations & visions, although he felt he was still in sound mind. He stated that if he did anything rash, it was due to a temporary disorder of his mind. 
 
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  Heloise Marie Sprague Reynolds (1828 - 1872)*
 
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Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
 
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Record added: May 19, 2000
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Thomas Caute Reynolds
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- sjm
 Added: Mar. 30, 2015
Happy Heavenly Birthday and rest in eternal peace.
- sjm
 Added: Oct. 11, 2014
Reynolds family. Papers, 1845-1869.Accession 22998. 8 leaves and 29 pages. Library of Va. Papers, 1845-1869, of the Reynolds family of Richmond, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina, consisting of bills of sale and receipts for the purchase of slaves;...(Read more)
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 Added: Jan. 3, 2013
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