Felix A. Reeve

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Felix A. Reeve, Colonel, 8th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Union)

Felix A. Reeve (September 4, 1836 -- November 15, 1920) was a Tennessee Unionist who fought for the North in the American Civil War. An attorney, after the war he also served as Solicitor of the United States Treasury.


Felix Alexander Reeve was born in Cocke County, Tennessee on September 4, 1836. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and started to practice in 1861.[1]

During the Civil War Reeve remained loyal to the Union and raised the 8th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which he commanded with the rank of Colonel. Reeve fought in several actions in Tennessee and Georgia before resigning his commission in 1864[2][3][4][5][6]

After the war Reeve practiced law, first in Cocke County and later in Knoxville.[7]

In 1880 Reeve moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the United States Department of the Treasury. He served in several positions, and for most of his government career was Assistant Solicitor of the Treasury.[8]

From 1893 to 1897 Reeve served as Solicitor of the Treasury.[9][10]

After serving as Solicitor, Reeve returned to the position of Assistant Solicitor.[11]

In 1908 Reeve played a role in the campaign for President when a 1906 letter from Grover Cleveland to Reeve, in which Cleveland disparaged Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan, was made public.[12][13]

Reeve died in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 1920.[14][15] He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3, Site 1716.[16]


  1. ^ Who's Who in America, edited by John W. Leonard, published by A.N. Marquis, Chicago, Volume 1, 1899, page 595.
  2. ^ Record of the Thirty-fifth Annual Reunion, published by United States Military Academy Association of Graduates, 1904, page 372
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Volume 4, 1915, page 242
  4. ^ East Tennessee and the Civil War, by Oliver Perry Temple, 1899, page 368
  5. ^ Tennesseans in the Civil War; A Military History of Confederate and Union Units With Available Rosters of Personnel, by Tennessee Civil War Centennial Commission, Part 1, 1864, page 392
  6. ^ The Loyal Mountaineers of Tennessee, by Thomas William Humes, 1888, page 294
  7. ^ District of Columbia: Concise Biographies of its Prominent and Contemporary Citizens, by Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland, 1908, page 390
  8. ^ Newspaper article, Nominations, Rome (N.Y.) Semi-Weekly Citizen, March 29, 1893
  9. ^ The Department of Justice: Its History and Functions, by James Stanislaus Easby-Smith, 1904, page 48
  10. ^ Newspaper article, New Men Put in Office, New York Times, March 28, 1893
  11. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Political Register for 1906, published by Chicago Daily News newspaper, 1905, page 148
  12. ^ Newspaper article, Bryan Scored by Cleveland, New York Times, October 23, 1908
  13. ^ Cleveland and Bryan: No Doubt About the Late President's Views on His Party's Candidate, from the Brooklyn Eagle, published in the New York Times, October 24, 1908
  14. ^ Official bulletin of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, published by the organization, March, 1921, page 32
  15. ^ Newspaper article, Rites for Col. F.A. Reeve, Washington Post, November 17, 1920
  16. ^ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Nationwide Gravesite Locator, accessed December 11, 2011
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Preceded by
William P. Hepburn
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
Succeeded by
Maurice D. O'Connell