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John William REID

(1821-1881)

REID, John William, a Representative from Missouri; born near Lynchburg, Bedford County, Va., June 14, 1821; attended the common schools; moved to Missouri in 1840; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jefferson City, Mo., in 1844; served as captain in the Mexican War; member of the State house of representatives 1854-1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1861, to December 2, 1861; withdrew from the House of Representatives on August 3, 1861, and was expelled by the Thirty-seventh Congress on December 2, 1861, for having taken up arms against the Union; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as volunteer aide to General Price; appointed a commissioner to adjust claims against the Confederate Government; settled in Kansas City, Mo.; resumed the practice of his profession and engaged in banking; died at Lees Summit, Jackson County, Mo., November 22, 1881; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

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

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