Although he had been the first Republican governor in the history of the state, the first native-born governor, the last Civil War governor, the first Reconstruction governor, an internationally respected attorney, the friend of at least five US presidents, and a nationally recognized war hero, most Missourians have never heard of Thomas Clement Fletcher.
His efforts essentially repaired a war-devastated state, began reconciliation, and could serve as a model for political and personal leadership in a divided populace. Throughout his life, he advocated for veterans, Native Americans, and other minority rights and for an equitable justice system. He did so in the halls of Congress, state and federal courts, and the US Supreme Court with grace, determination, and integrity.
Author Stephen Huss will be at Hotchkiss Chapel to talk about his book and the life of this overlooked Misouri Govenor.
Seating is limited and registration is required.