Governor Fletcher House Maint Fund

4/12/2019 Once again we are in need of help. Due to roof damage from hail and age taking its toll, the house has sustained damage to drywall and plaster  (especially upstairs) . We are diligently working to get bids for repairs to the interior upstairs area. We are also dealing with gutters that are damaged and causing rot around windows and doors. These unexpected obstacles have led us to close the house to visitors at this time. Insurance afforded us with a new roof but the rest of the repairs are on us.

We hope to have the house restored back to its glory by September in time for the annual chili cook off and pie/dessert auction! But to do that we need the communities help with donations of money/time and labor.

If anyone can help out you will be helping to preserve a great part of history located in our own back yards. Please consider a small donation to help keep this wonderful old house around for future generations to enjoy. Thank you! 

With the unexpected passing of The Governor Thomas Fletcher House President,Bob Brophy, this page is now a way to honor his hard work and dedication to help in preserving this 165 year-old historic site. This house has been near and dear to the Brophy family and we know dad would want nothing other than help in supporting this historic home.

 Our goal is to raise $3000 which will enable us to repair and repaint this historic building. We can then continue our preservation efforts.

Thomas Fletcher constructed this log house in 1851 when he married Mary Clarissa Honey of Herculaneum Mo. The couple had been betrothed at birth.

At this time, Fletcher served as Circuit Clerk of Jefferson County Mo. In 1860, Fletcher attended The Republican nominating convention where he met Abraham Lincoln. At the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln requested Fletcher to form a military unit to serve in the Civil War.

Fletcher formed the 31st Infantry Regiment. His unit was assigned to the army of William Tacumsa Sherman. In a battle in the state of Mississippi, Fletcher was wounded and captured by the Confederates.

In a prisoner exchange, Fletcher returned to Jefferson County as a young popular war hero. He was recruited by the Republican party to run for the office of Governor.

He was elected in 1864 and took office in January of 1865. His first act as Governor was to issue the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves in the state of Missouri.

We invite the public and the school children of Jefferson County to explore the art, architecture and the political military and economic history of our county and state.

We would appreciate your help in this venture.

Bob Brophy

President Governor Fletcher House Foundation
  • Steven Brophy  
    • $316 
    • 68 mos
  • Steve Brophy  
    • $200 
    • 68 mos
  • Rick Vest 
    • $100 
    • 68 mos
  • Linda Hagemann 
    • $25 
    • 68 mos
  • Cyndi Carron 
    • $5 
    • 68 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Susan Brophy Thurman 
Hillsboro, MO
Fletcher House Foundation