This cabinet card portrait came from the same antique photo dealer in Arkansas that the ladies in boater hats did in the previous post. An inscription on the back says simply, “Judge Stephen Reaves.”
According to his obituary and other articles published at the time of his death, Stephen Reaves (1816-1905) practiced law in Tyler, Texas, for nearly 60 years. In 1851, when he was 35, Judge Reaves represented Rusk and Smith counties in the state senate. During that time he was offered a seat on the Texas Supreme Court by Governor P.H. Bell, which he declined.
Businesses in Tyler closed for an hour in observance of his funeral.