Thomas Fletcher (American politician, born 1817)

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Thomas Fletcher
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 16th district
In office
November 10, 1874 – January 8, 1877
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byM. M. Duffie
President of the Arkansas Senate
In office
November 1, 1858 – April 11, 1864
In exile
April 11, 1864 – May 26, 1865
Preceded byJohn R. Hampton
Succeeded byC. C. Bliss
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from Arkansas, Jefferson and Desha counties
In office
November 1, 1858 – April 11, 1864
In exile
April 11, 1864 – May 26, 1865
Preceded byA. H. Ferguson
Succeeded byI. C. Mills
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
November 4, 1862 – November 15, 1862
Preceded byHenry M. Rector
Succeeded byHarris Flanagin
Personal details
Born(1817-04-08)April 8, 1817
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1880(1880-02-26) (aged 62)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Cause of deathPneumonia
Resting placeMount Holly Cemetery,
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
34°44′15.3″N 92°16′42.5″W / 34.737583°N 92.278472°W / 34.737583; -92.278472
Political partyDemocratic
Harriett Caroline Cage (m. 1841)
Alma materUniversity of Nashville

Thomas Fletcher (April 8, 1817 – February 26, 1880) was an American politician who served as acting governor of Arkansas from November 4 to 15, 1862, following the resignation of Henry M. Rector.

Early life[edit]

Thomas Fletcher was born at Nashville, Tennessee, about the year 1817. Entering upon the study of law, he became of prominence in that profession and in the activities of political life, and during the administration of President Polk was appointed to the office of United States marshal, with his headquarters at Natchez, Mississippi. In 1850 he made his home in Arkansas, and soon occupied a leading position. He was President of the Arkansas Senate during the 12th, 13th, and 14th sessions, from 1858 to 1864, and President of the Arkansas Senate (Confederate government in exile) held at Washington, Arkansas, in October 1864.[1]

Acting governor of Arkansas (1862)[edit]

Fletcher's service as acting governor of Arkansas continued from the resignation of Henry M. Rector until the inauguration of Harris Flanagin, who was chosen at a special election held October 6, 1862. Fletcher's tenure of the office as acting governor was by virtue of his position as President of the Arkansas Senate.[1]

Later life[edit]

After the close of the American Civil War, Fletcher was a member of the Arkansas Senate of 1874–1877. In 1878 he began the practice of the law at Little Rock, Arkansas, but his career was soon afterward terminated by his death at age 62,[1] on February 26, 1880, at Little Rock, due to complications from pneumonia.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Evans, Clement A., ed. (1899). Confederate Military History. Vol. I. Atlanta, Ga.: Confederate Publishing Company. p. 717. LCCN 02017198. OL 7023000M – via Internet Archive. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Passed Away". Arkansas Democrat. V (123). Little Rock. February 26, 1880. p. 1.

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