Edwin R. Reynolds

Edwin Ruthvin Reynolds (February 16, 1816 – July 4, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Edwin Ruthvin Reynolds
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st district
In office
December 5, 1860 – March 3, 1861
Preceded bySilas M. Burroughs
Succeeded byBurt Van Horn
Personal details
Born(1816-02-16)February 16, 1816
Fort Ann, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 4, 1908(1908-07-04) (aged 92)
Albion, New York, U.S.
Resting placeMount Albion Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBrown University


Born in Fort Ann, New York, he was son of Linus J. Reynolds (1790-1838) and Alice (Baker) Reynolds.

Linus Reynolds was the editor and publisher of the Northern Spectator newspaper in Poultney (town), Vermont, and Edwin Reynolds was an apprentice printer at the Spectator at the same time as Horace Greeley.

Edwin Reynolds graduated from Brown University[1][2] and taught school. He was principal of Albion Academy in Barre, Orleans County, New York for six years. He was county school superintendent from 1843 to 1845.

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1843 and practiced in Albion. Reynolds served in local offices, including Justice of the Peace and Clerk of the Orleans County Board of Supervisors.[3]

Reynolds was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Silas M. Burroughs and served from December 5, 1860, to March 3, 1861.

During the American Civil War, Reynolds was a member of the committee which oversaw recruiting and enlistment for the Union Army in Orleans County.

Reynolds was Orleans County Judge and Surrogate Judge from 1864 to 1868, afterwards resuming the practice of law.

He was a presidential elector in 1869 and cast his ballot for Ulysses S. Grant. He supported Horace Greeley for president in 1872.[4]

He died in Albion on July 4, 1908, and was interred in Mount Albion Cemetery.


  1. ^ Henry Perry Smith, Landmarks of Orleans County, New York, 1894, page 189
  2. ^ Philermenian Society, Catalogue of the Library and Members of the Philermenian Society: Brown University, 1844, page 56
  3. ^ New York State Legislature, Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, Volume 7, 1870, page 59
  4. ^ University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Edwin Ruthvin Papers, Biography, Edwin Ruthvin reynolds, retrieved November 10, 2013

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Edwin R. Reynolds (id: R000171)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Edwin R. Reynolds at Find a Grave
  • Edwin R. Reynolds at The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Silas M. Burroughs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

December 5, 1860 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
Burt Van Horn

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