Clyde Martin REED, Congress, KS (1871-1949)

Senate Years of Service:

REED, Clyde Martin, a Senator from Kansas; born near Champaign, Champaign County, Ill., October 19, 1871; moved with his family to Labette County, Kans., in 1875; attended the public schools; taught school one year; served in the railway mail service 1889-1910, rising through all grades to field superintendent of divisions at Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, New Orleans, La., Omaha, Nebr., and St. Paul, Minn., and superintendent, Railway Adjustment Division, Post Office Department; resigned in 1917 to manage and publish a newspaper at Parsons, Kans.; secretary to the Governor of Kansas 1919; member, Kansas Industrial Court 1920; chairman of the Kansas Public Utilities Commission 1921-1924; Governor of Kansas 1929-1931; practiced extensively before the Interstate Commerce Commission; elected in 1938 as a Republican to the United States Senate, reelected in 1944 and served from January 3, 1939, until his death; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1942; died in Parsons, Kans., November 8, 1949; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.


Grant, Philip A., Jr. “The Kansas Delegation and the Selective Service Act of 1940.” Kansas History 2 (Autumn 1979): 196-205; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services. 81st Cong., 2nd sess., 1950-1951. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1950.

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