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John Parker Reynolds

state agricultural administrator

John Parker Reynolds, American state agricultural administrator.


Reynolds, John Parker was born on March 1, 1820 in Lebanon, Ohio, United States. Son of John P. and Laura Patience (Wilson) Reynolds.


Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, 1838, later A.M. Bachelor of Laws, Cincinnati College of Law, 1840.


Admitted to bar, 1841. Practiced at Hamilton, 1841-1849. Engaged in stock farming in Illinois, 1849-1860.

Editor National Live Stock Journal, 1869-1872. Secretary Illinois State Agricultural Society, 1860-1871. President State Board of Agriculture, 1873-1874.

President Illinois State Horticultural Society, 1867. Secretary Inter-State Industrial Exposition, Chicago, 1873-1891. Illinois commissioner to Paris Exposition, 1867.

President Illinois Commission to Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876. President Illinois State Sanitary Commission, 1862-1865. Chief state inspector of grain, Illinois, 1877-1881.

Director-in-chief Illinois World’s Columbian Fair Commission, Chicago, 1891-1893.


Married Eliza Anne Bebb, November 3, 1842.

John P. Reynolds

Laura Patience (Wilson) Reynolds

Eliza Anne Bebb