Reynolds, Gideon

Born: 1813-08-09 Rensselaer County, New York

Died: 1896-07-13 Rensselaer County, New York

Flourished: Rensselaer County, New York

Reynolds was a New York farmer and politician. Educated in private schools, Reynolds moved with his father to Hoosick, New York, in 1836 and engaged in agriculture. In 1839, he was a member of the New York State Assembly. He served as sheriff of Rensselaer County from 1843 to 1846. In 1846, he won election as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving until 1851. After his term ended, he returned to his farm in Rensselaer County. After the demise of the Whig Party, Reynolds became active in the Republican Party. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1856 and 1860, and was a member of the New York Republican State Central Committee. From September 1862 to March 1865, he served as the internal revenue collector for the fifteenth district of New York.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1722.