CRITTENDEN, Thomas Theodore, (nephew of John Jordan Crittenden),
a Representative from Missouri; born near Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., January
1, 1832; attended the primary schools at Cloverport, Ky.; was graduated from Centre College,
Danville, Ky., in 1855; served as registrar of Franklin County in 1856; studied law in Frankfort, Ky.;
was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Lexington, Mo.; served in the Union
Army from 1862 to 1864, being commissioned captain and later lieutenant colonel of the Seventh
Missouri Cavalry Militia Regiment; moved to Warrensburg in 1865 and continued the practice of law;
appointed attorney general of Missouri by Gov. Willard P. Hall in 1864 to fill out the unexpired term of
Aikman Welch, deceased; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March
3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; again elected to the Forty-fifth Congress
(March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); Governor of Missouri 1881-1885; moved to Kansas City in 1885
and continued the practice of law; United States consul general at the city of Mexico from April 5,
1893, to 1897; referee in bankruptcy from 1898 until his death in Kansas City, Mo., May 29, 1909;
interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.
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Crittenden: A Missouri Democrats Observations of the Election of 1896. Missouri
Historical Review 68 (January 1974): 186-203.