Reynolds was elected to the State House in 1868 and served the 1869/70 session. From 1879 until 1883 he was State Treasurer and in 1890 was elected the Governor of Delaware, defeating Harry A. Richardson, the Republican candidate. He served from January 20, 1891 until January 15, 1895.
During these years free textbooks were first provided to public school students, and Delaware State College was established in Dover.
Reynolds died at his home near St. Petersburg at South Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware and is buried at the Loudon Park Cemetery, in Baltimore, Maryland. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1.
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Hall of Governors Portrait Gallery Portrait courtesy of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover.
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He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly, and as Governor of Delaware. They lived at "Golden Ridge", near St. Petersburg in South Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware and were members of the Methodist Church. Members of the Delaware General Assembly took office the first Tuesday of January.