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REED, John

(1751—1831)


REED, John, (father of John Reed [1781-1860]), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Framingham, Mass., November 11, 1751; moved with his parents to Titicut Parish, in the northwestern part of Middleboro, Mass., in 1756; was graduated from Yale College in 1772; studied theology; was ordained as a Congregational minister in 1780; served as chaplain in the United States Navy for two years; moved to West Bridgewater, Mass., in 1780, where he became pastor of the First Congregational Society, which position he retained until his death; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1801); was not a candidate for renomination in 1800; again resumed his ministerial duties; died in West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Mass., on February 17, 1831; interment in the Old Graveyard.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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