Thomas T. Crittenden, 24th Gov. of Missouri

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Thomas Theodore Crittenden

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Shelbyville, Kentucky
Death: Died in Kansas City, Missouri
Place of Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery Kansas City Jackson County Missouri
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Crittenden and Anna Maria Crittenden
Husband of Caroline Wheeler Crittenden
Father of Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr.
Brother of William Logan Crittenden

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About Thomas T. Crittenden, 24th Gov. of Missouri

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Theodore_Crittenden

Thomas Theodore Crittenden (January 1, 1832 – May 29, 1909) was a United States colonel during the American Civil War, and the 24th Governor of Missouri from 1881 to 1885.


Early life and education


Crittenden was born in 1832 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was born into a political family and was the nephew of Kentucky Governor John J. Crittenden,


Marriage and family


Crittenden married and had several children. His son Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. was later a mayor of Kansas City.


Career


During the American Civil War Crittenden was appointed a Colonel in the 7th Missouri State Militia Cavalry, fighting on the Union side.


As governor, Crittenden wanted to suppress the robberies and violence committed by the James Gang. He authorized a reward of $5,000 (which was paid for by railroad corporations) for the capture of Jesse James and also for his brother Frank, dead or alive, which resulted in Robert Ford killing Jesse in 1882.


Crittenden died in 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was buried there at the Forest Hill Cemetery.


Legacy

Crittenden achieved some notoriety for offering a reward on a private citizen, with implications that he ordered his death.

Popular media


In the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Crittenden is portrayed by James Carville.

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Thomas T. Crittenden, 24th Gov. of Missouri's Timeline

1832
1832
Shelbyville, Kentucky
1863
1863
Age 31
Springfield Illinois
1909
1909
Age 77
Kansas City, Missouri
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Forest Hill Cemetery Kansas City Jackson County Missouri