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Thomas Theodore Crittenden

Crittenden, Thomas Theodore, 1832–1909, governor of Missouri (1881–85), b. Shelby co., Ky.; nephew of John J. Crittenden. In the Civil War he served (1862–65) as lieutenant colonel of a Missouri cavalry regiment in the fighting in Missouri and Arkansas. He was state attorney general in Missouri for a brief period after the war and served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1873–75, 1877–79). As governor, Crittenden brought an end to outlaw activity in the state, especially by breaking up the Jesse James gang. In President Cleveland's second term (1893–97) he was consul general in Mexico City.

See The Crittenden Memoirs (comp. by H. H. Crittenden, 1936).

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