Plymouth County Biographies

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John Reed

John Reed (1781-1860) Son of John Reed [1751-1831]; father-in-law of James F. Joy. A Representative from Massachusetts; born in West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Mass., September 2, 1781; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1803; tutor of languages in that institution for two years and principal of the Bridgewater (Mass.) Academy in 1806 and 1807; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Yarmouth, Mass.; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); elected as an Adams-Clay Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress, reelected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses, elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first through the Twenty-third Congresses, elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-fourth Congress, and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1841); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twenty-second Congress); declined to be candidate for reelection in 1840; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts 1845-1851; died in West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Mass., November 25, 1860.

Parents: John Reed, Hannah Sampson
Spouse: Olive Alger
Born: 26 May 1785 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Died: 25 Oct 1859
Marriage: 1809 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts

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