John Reagan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Texas 1837-1845, Confederate States 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1818
Date of Death: 1905
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Religion: Methodism
Occupation: Politician, Educator, Farmer, Lawyer, Judge, Author of Non-Fiction
Parents: Timothy Reagan,
Elizabeth Lusk
Spouse: Martha Music (d. 1847?)
Edwina Moss Nelms (d. 1863)
Molly Ford Taylor
Children: Eleven, two of whom died as infants
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Texas,
Postmaster General for the Confederate States,
Acting Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederate States,
United States Senator from Texas
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: Confederate States

John Henninger Reagan (October 8, 1818 – March 6, 1905) was an American politician from Texas. A Democrat, Reagan resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States. He served in the cabinet of Jefferson Davis as Postmaster General, the only holder of that office. He was an able administrator, presiding over the only cabinet department that functioned well during the war.

After the Confederate defeat, he called for cooperation with the federal government and thus became unpopular, but returned to public office when his predictions of harsh treatment for resistance were proved correct.

After his citizenship was restored, he served again in the U.S. House and then in the Senate. Dying in 1905, he was the last surviving member of the Confederate Cabinet.

John Reagan in The Guns of the South[]

John Reagan served as Postmaster General of the Confederate States from 1861 until 1868, throughout the presidency of Jefferson Davis. Davis' successor Robert E. Lee intended to appoint John Atkins as Reagan's successor. Atkins' death in the Richmond Massacre left a vacancy in the office.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Lemuel D. Evans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Whitmore(1)
Preceded by
William S. Herndon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Stewart
Preceded by
David B. Culberson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Harrison Martin
New office Confederate States Postmaster General
Position abolished
Preceded by
George Trenholm
Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury

Preceded by
Samuel B. Maxey
United States Senator (Class 1) from Texas
Served alongside: Richard Coke
Succeeded by
Horace Chilton
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
New Office
Confederate States Postmaster General
Succeeded by
Period of vacancy
Notes and references
1. Because of Texas's secession, the House seat was vacant for nine years before Whitmore succeeded Reagan.