Alabama Auditors

Robert McConnell Reynolds

Auditor: 1868-1872


Reynolds, Robert McConnell, State auditor, was born August 27, 1826, at Rix Mills, Muskingham County, Ohio, and died June 1, 1885, as the result of an accident, at St. Louis, Mo.; son of John and Agnes (McConnell) Reynolds, a native of McConnellsville, Pa., later a resident of Rix Mills, Ohio; grandson of Judge McConnell of Morgan County, Ohio. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent, and Covenanters in religion. He was principal of a private school at North Prairie, Ill., later principal of a large private school in Keokuk, Iowa, and later still of the North Protestant Methodist college, then located at Henry, Ill., but now at Adrian, Mich.


He enlisted in the Union Army, June, 1861, as 1st lieutenant, Co. A, 1st Iowa volunteer cavalry, was promoted captain, and was severely wounded at Little Rock, Ark. After the War of Secession he located in Alabama; was a delegate from Wilcox County to the constitutional convention of 1867; appointed state auditor, 1868; appointed collector of the Port of Mobile, 1872; appointed U.S. Minister to Bolivia, South America, 1874; auditor in the U.S. Treasury department, 1878-1885. He was a Republican and Presbyterian.


Married: February 19, 1850, at Laharpe, Ill., to Orpha Wood, daughter of Rev. Rufus and Jemima (Gittings) Richardson, D.D., M.D., of that place; granddaughter of Jesse and Annie (Jones) Richardson, the former a Revolutionary War soldier who served in the Connecticut line, and of Ason and Eliza (Clark) Gittings; great-granddaughter of David and Rachael (Richards) Richardson, who was of English stock. Children: 1. Rollo; 2. Annie Jones; 3. Susie; 4. Lovell Knowles, Captain U.S. Navy, the recipient of four medals for bravery in the line of duty, and died in February, 1893, in Washington, D.C., at the age of thirty-six; 5. Robert McConnell; 6. Francis Joseph, m. Isabel Maloney, resident, New York City. Last residence: Washington, D.C.


Thomas McAdory Owen. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. (Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978, reprint 1921), iv, 1429.