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 Thomas Reynolds

Thomas Reynolds

Birth
Bracken County, Kentucky, USA
Death 9 Feb 1844 (aged 47)
Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Burial Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Plot State Plot, Row 4, #1
Memorial ID 11348 · View Source
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Missouri Governor. He studied law in Kentucky and was first admitted to the bar during the November term 1817 of the Madison County Circuit Court (Illinois) which was seated in a community that was becoming known around that time as Edwardsville. From 1818 to 1822 he served as Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1822 he became a judge, serving on the circuit court and as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1822 to 1825. From 1826 to 1828 Reynolds served in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1829 he relocated to Fayette, Missouri, where he practiced law and served as Editor of a local newspaper, the Boonstick Democrat. In 1832 he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and was named Speaker of the House, serving until 1833. In 1837 he returned to the bench as a District Court Judge, serving until 1840. In 1840 Reynolds was the successful Democratic nominee for Governor and served from 1841 until his death. Dismayed by what he regarded as personal attacks by his political opponents, Reynolds committed suicide in his executive mansion office with 10 months left on his term.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Added: 1 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11348
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Reynolds (12 Mar 1796–9 Feb 1844), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11348, citing Woodland-Old City Cemetery, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .