Missouri Governor's Mansion. Adobe Stock photo

February 9, 1844

After breakfast, 47-year-old Missouri Gov. Thomas Reynolds shut himself inside his office in the Governor’s Mansion and shot himself in the head. He won the governor’s office in 1840. Reynolds previously stablished a successful law practice in Fayette and served as Speaker of the House. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Jefferson City.


Missouri Capitol building at night with reflection off the Missouri River.

October 16, 2000

Today in Missouri history: Gov. Mel Carnahan dies in a plane crash near Hillsboro.


Alexander McNair Missouri's First Governor

August 28, 1820

Missouri's first statewide elections were held. Alexander McNair was elected Governor. Missouri was still one year away from officially becoming a state. Read our story about Missouri's first territorial governors here.


February 26, 1781

This the birthday of our third Governor. Abraham J. Williams was a one-legged shoemaker from Boone County who rose to prominence in the Missouri Senate before serving one short term as the Chief Executive. He was also a founder of the Boone County Fair which was the very first county fair west of the Mississippi.


January 22, 1827

Missouri was a state of newcomers. On this date Thomas Fletcher was born and he would go on to be our first Missouri-born Governor.