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Upcoming Speaker Series Presentations

The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

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Rediscovering Thomas C. Fletcher: The Lost Missouri Governor

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7 p.m. (POSTPONED)


Although he was Missouri’s first Republican governor, first native-born governor, last Civil War governor, first Reconstruction governor, an internationally respected attorney, friend to five U.S. presidents and a nationally recognized war hero, most Missourians in modern times have never heard of Thomas Clement Fletcher. In his, book Rediscovering Thomas C. Fletcher: The Lost Missouri Governor, Dr. Stephen F. Huss illuminates how Fletcher’s political endeavors repaired a war-devastated state, initiated reconciliation between former rebels and Union supporters and served as a model for political and personal leadership in a divided populace. Throughout his life, Fletcher advocated for veterans, Native Americans and other minority rights, and for an equitable justice system, all with grace, determination and integrity. Join us as Huss shares his research on this important, but often forgotten, figure in Missouri history.