Rediscovering Thomas C. Fletcher

The Lost Missouri Governor

by Stephen F. Huss Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/26/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781973643821
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781973643814
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781973643807

About the Book

Although he had been the first Republican governor in the history of the state, the first native-born governor, the last Civil War governor, the first Reconstruction governor, an internationally respected attorney, the friend of at least five US presidents, and a nationally recognized war hero, most Missourians have never heard of Thomas Clement Fletcher.

His efforts essentially repaired a war-devastated state, began reconciliation, and could serve as a model for political and personal leadership in a divided populace. Throughout his life, he advocated for veterans, Native Americans, and other minority rights and for an equitable justice system. He did so in the halls of Congress, state and federal courts, and the US Supreme Court with grace, determination, and integrity.

This book illuminates his life through the use of never-before-seen resources and critical analysis to bring him to life.

About the Author

Dr. Huss holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from St. Louis University, an MA in History from Southeast Missouri State University, and a BSE from the University of Central Arkansas. He served as one of the founders and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the COMTREA Community Comprehensive Health Center in Jefferson County, Missouri, from 1974 to 2016. Huss taught as an adjunct-instructor in American History for over 20 years at the Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro. He also has taught World Religions, Western Civilization, and American Politics.
He is a member of the Fletcher House Foundation, the Vice-President of the Jefferson County Heritage and History Society, serves as a Missouri Mental Health Commissioner and served as historian of the Jefferson County Bicentennial Committee providing over fifty presentations on the history of Jefferson County in 2018.
Dr. Huss has presented over 200 workshops to the St. Louis community on topics such as preventing youth violence, alcoholism and other drug abuse prevention, Jefferson County history, teaching children of divorce, motivation in the classroom, Seven Habits of Effective People, management effectiveness, values clarification and stress management. He has published four books and many articles.
He lives just outside of Hillsboro, Missouri, in Jefferson County, with his wife, Dr. Renee A. Huss. His family includes: Michael Huss and wife Misty; Jason Meyers and his wife Katy; Justin Huss and his wife Jennifer; Joshua Meyers and his wife Amy; Rebecca Ashley and her husband, Paul; Geanna Moore and her husband, Tracy; and his twelve grandchildren.
He can be reached at and welcomes correspondence.