Reynolds, Richard Joshua, Sr.
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Reynolds, Richard Joshua, Sr. (20 July 1850–29 July 1918), tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist, was born at “Rock Spring,” the family estate near Critz, Patrick County, Virginia, the son of Hardin William Reynolds, a farmer and tobacco merchant, and Nancy Jane Cox. In addition to his other activities, his father engaged in both banking and chewing tobacco production; as one of the largest slaveholders in the state, his family was socially prominent and financially secure. As a boy Richard attended local country schools and worked on his father’s farm. He also worked intermittently in his father’s plug tobacco factory, gaining valuable practical experience that he would later put to good use....