Reeves, Reuben A. (1821 KY - 1908 TX)
Reeves, Reuben A.
SummaryFather: Ottaway Curry Reeves
Mother: Mary Ann Mansfield
Birth: 9 Aug 1821, Todd County, Kentucky
Birth Source: TSHA Handbook of Texas Online
Death: 30 Jan 1908, Dallas, Texas, Burial in Greenwood Cemetery
Death Source: TSHA Handbook of Texas Online
Spouse1: Sarah Mills, m. 29 Jan 1846 in Todd County, Kentucky
NarrativeChildren of Reuben A. Reeves and Sarah Mills:
- Mary T. Reeves, b. 1848, d. 7 Dec 1931, m. Jeff Word
- Ottway C. Reeves, b. 5 Sep 1851, d. 25 Jul 1917 in Hunt County, Texas
- Charles M. Reeves, b. 1852
- William O. Reeves, b. 1854
- Frank Reeves, b. 1858
- Benjamin Reeves, b. 1864
- R. H. Reeves, b. 1862
Reeves recruited, organized, and became captain of Company E, Terrell's Texas Cavalry (the Thirty-fourth Texas) on April 11, 1863. In August 1864 he was elected associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court in the place of James H. Bell, whose term had expired. Reeves resigned from the Confederate Army on September 28, 1864, to take the position. He served from November 1, 1864, until the end of the Civil War. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1866. On June 25, 1866, he was elected district court judge of District Nine. He was removed from office on November 30, 1867, as an "obstruction to Reconstruction" and was reappointed associate justice of the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Richard Coke on January 30, 1874.
He served in that capacity until the court was reorganized on April 18, 1876. Reeves returned to Palestine to practice law. In 1880 three of the Reeves children were living at home; one of his sons, William, later was elected district judge. Reeves was appointed in the mid-1880s by President Grover Cleveland to the Supreme Court of New Mexico Territory and served until 1889. On the election of President Benjamin Harrison, Reeves moved to Dallas and retired from politics. He was a life-long Democrat, a Mason, and a member of the Dallas Bar Association. He died in Dallas at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jeff Word, on January 30, 1908, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas.
Source: TSHA Handbook of Texas Online at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fre23