Isaac REED, Congress, ME (1809-1887)


REED, Isaac, a Representative from Maine; born in Waldoboro, Maine, August 22, 1809; prepared for college at Bloomfield Academy, but by preference became a merchant-ship builder; also engaged in banking; town clerk of Waldoboro 1836-1838; served in the State senate in 1839, 1840, 1850, and 1863; member of the State house of representatives in 1842, 1843, and 1846; president of the town board 1843-1868; selectman 1849-1853, 1855, and 1856; member of the State board of agriculture and a trustee of the Maine Insane Hospital; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; subsequently elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Andrews and served from June 25, 1852, to March 3, 1853; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 1854 and 1855; resumed shipbuilding; State treasurer in 1856; upon the dissolution of the Whig Party became a Democrat; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1870 and 1871; died in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine, September 19, 1887; interment in Central Cemetery.

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