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John Reynolds papers

 Collection — Box: 70
Identifier: MS-SC1264

Scope and Contents

Six letters, 1823-1854, to Reynolds family in Tennessee discusses family news, land conditions in Illinois, some of his land deals and current events on a state and national level, including his swearing in as governor, the Illinois Michigan Canal, railroads and his allegiance to Jackson. Letter, July 1829, to J.M. Peck re: running for governor and Peck's school and work. Letter, May 1831, re: Meeting at Vandalia in June to select seminary lands probably along the canal route. Letter, July 8, 1858, to W.H. English expresses fear that Northern fanatics will split the union and asks private opinion of Douglas.


  • Created: 1823 - 1858


Biographical / Historical

Illinois' fourth governor was born in Montgomery County, Penn. and came to Illinois in 1800 with his parents settling near Kaskaskia. He served in the war of 1812 and then went into law, partnering with his cousin Joseph Beaird. He also speculated in land, making considerable money. He was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court, 1818-1825; served in the Illinois General Assembly, 1827-1830; and was elected governor in 1830 serving at the time of the Black Hawk War. He continued to serve in some elected office off and on until 1855.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 14 items

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