US -Fletcher, Thomas Clement - Governor of MO

Thomas Clement Fletcher:
Born: January 21, 1827

Birthplace: Herculaneum Missouri
Father: Clement Bell Fletcher 1792 – 1870
(Buried: City Cemetery De Soto Missouri)
Mother: Margaret S. Byrd 1794 – 1873
(Buried: City Cemetery De Soto Missouri)
Wife: Mary Clarissa Honey 1827 – 1907
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery St. Louis Missouri)
Edwin L. Fletcher 1852 – 1908
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery St. Louis Missouri)
Ella Frances Fletcher Bartholow 1854 – 1928
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery St. Louis Missouri)

Political Party: National Union Party and Republican Party

Occupation before War:

He was raised a Democrat in a slave holding family
Believed to have been abolitionist since his boyhood
1849 – 1856: Jefferson County Missouri Circuit Clerk
Land Agent for Southwest Branch of Pacific Railroad Company
1856: Became a member of the Republican Political Party
1860: Missouri Delegate to Republican Party National Convention
1860: Supporter and Campaigner for Abraham Lincoln for President

Civil War Career:
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 31st​ Missouri Union Volunteers Infantry Regt.
1862: Captured at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou Mississippi
1862 – 1863: Prisoner of War held at Libby Prison
1863: Exchanged in May in the Prisoner of War Exchange
1863: Present at the fall of Vicksburg Mississippi
1863: Present at the Battle of Chattanooga Tennessee
1864: Brigade Commander in the Atlanta Georgia Campaign
1864: Suffered from Bad health and returned home to Missouri
1864: Organizer of 47th​ and 50th​ Missouri Infantry Regiments
1864: Colonel of 47th​ Missouri Union Volunteers Infantry Regiment
1864: Regimental Commander at Battle of Pilot Knob Missouri
1864: Brevetted Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers
1864: Nominated for Governor by the Union National Party
1865 – 1869: Governor of Missouri
1865: Issued a “Proclamation of Freedom”
1865: Helped to abolish Slavery in the State of Missouri

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1869: Governor of Missouri
As Governor had to deal with amnesty for former Confederate Soldiers
He had to deal with disposition of the railroad property
As Governor he had to oversee reorganization of State Education
Unsuccessful in abolishing amendment that you had to take oath to vote in Missouri
He was a Supporter of Normal Schools for teachers
Attorney in Saint Louis Missouri and Washington D.C.
1891: Author of Life and Reminiscences of General Wm. T Sherman

March 25, 1899
Place of Death: Washington D.C.
Age at time of Death: 72 years old
Burial Place: Bellefontaine Cemetery St. Louis Missouri


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
10 days after being elected governor of Missouri he resigned his commission as Colonel, this was on Nov. 18, 1864.
Sep 17, 2011
Its interesting how little most Missouri histories have on Price and Fletcher, looked in a modern history and about all it says of Fletcher was a crony of Charles Drake. Same modern history doesn't mention Thomas Price at all.