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Reynolds Family Papers

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Significant Biographical Dates

Series I.    William Reynolds.  (1784 - 1828).

    1821 (?)    - appointed Secretary to the Spanish Governor of Florida.
    1822         - appointed to the Legislative Council of the territory of Florida by James Buchanan.
                     - appointed "Keeper of the Public Archives."
    1825         - elected mayor of St. Augustine, Florida.

Series II.    John Reynolds.  (1787 - 1853).

    1802/10 ?    - apprenticed under Archibald Bartram, Phila.printer;  later became a partner.
    1814 - 1817     - cashier at Farmer's State Bank of Lancaster.
    1820         - purchased the "Lancaster Journal" and functioned as printer and publisher of the newspaper.
    1822 - 1824     - member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature.
    1834         - sold the "Lancaster Journal."
    1836         - manager of Coleman Iron Works, Cornwall (Lebanon County, PA) and guardian of Coleman heirs.
    1837.        - moved to Cornwall.
    1848         - moved back to Lancaster City

Series V.    William Reynolds.  (l8l5 - l879).

    1831 Nov 17     - appointed Midshipman/U.S. Navy
    1836 - 37     - attended naval school, Norfolk, VA
    1837 Jun 15     - passed Midshipman.
    1838 - 1842     - served as an officer on the U.S. Exploring Expedition (aka the Wilkes Expedition.)
    1841 Sep     - received commission as Lieutenant.
    1852 - 1861     - resided in Kauai and Honolulu, Hawaii during leave of absence from Navy;  placed on Reserve list.
    1855 Sep 24     - placed on reserved list due to ill health.
    1857 Feb 23     - appointed Naval Store Keeper at Honolulu.
    1862 Jun 9     - appointed Commander of U.S.S. Tennessee, South Atlantic Blockading Station, Port Royal, S. Carolina.
    1866 Jul 25     - Promoted to Captain; U.S.S. Lackawanna to Hawaii.
    1867         - Took possession of Midway Island for the U.S.
    1870         - appointed Commodore.
    1870 - 1875     - appointed Chief of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting.
    1873 - 1874     - Acting Secretary of the Navy.
    1873 Dec 12     - appointed Rear Admiral.
    1875         - appointed Commander of the naval forces bases at the "Asiatic Station" (Japan, China, Siam). 
    1877 Dec 10     - placed on Retired List.
    1879 Nov 5     - died.

Series X.    John Fulton Reynolds.  (1820-1863).

    1841     - graduated from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY;  commissioned Lieutenant, Third U.S. Artillery.
    1846     - promoted to First Lieutenant; served under Gen. Zachary Taylor in the war with Mexico; breveted Captain after Battle of Monterey.
    1847     - breveted Major for special gallantry after Battle of Buena Vista.
    1858     - served in the Utah Expedition under Albert Sidney Johnston.
    1860     - assigned to U.S. Military Academy;  served as Commandant of Cadets.
    1861     - commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of 14th Infantry;  appointed Brigadier-General and assumed command of First Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves.
    1862     - appointed Military Governor of Fredericksburg, VA;  captured by Confederate Army and held in Libby Prison;  after prisoner exchange                 appointed Major General and given command of First Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
    1863 Jul 1  - killed on first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA

Series XI.    James Lefevre Reynolds. (1822 - 1880).

    1841     - graduated from Marshall College, Mercersburg, PA
    1844     - admitted to the bar, Lancaster, PA
    1862     - appointed Superintendent of the Union Army draft for Lancaster County, PA
    1863     - appointed Quarter-Master General for the State of Pennsylvania.
    1872     - elected member of the Constitutional Convention of Pennsylvania.