David Aiken Reed
Major, United States Army
United States Senator
of the United Sates Senate:
Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Pittsburgh,
Pa., December 21, 1880; attended private schools; graduated from
Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1896, from Princeton University,
Princeton, N.J., in 1900, and from the University of Pittsburgh Law School
in 1903; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and practiced in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
1903-1917; chairman of the Pennsylvania Industrial Accidents Commission
1912-1915; during the First World War served as major in the field artillery
1917-1919; resumed the practice of law in Pittsburgh in 1919; appointed
as a Republican on August 8, 1922, and elected on November 7, 1922, to
the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3,
1923, caused by the death of William E. Crow, and on the same day was elected
for the term commencing March 4, 1923; reelected in 1928, and served from
August 8, 1922, to January 3, 1935; unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1934; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Sixty-ninth
Congress), Committee on Military Affairs (Seventieth through Seventy-second
Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Pittsburgh, Pa.; died in Sarasota,
Fla., February 10, 1953; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort
WASHINGTON, February 13, 1953 – On a hillside of Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking the capital where he had served for more than twelve years, former Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania today was buried with military honors. Major General Luther D. Miller, retired, former Chief of Army Chaplains, conducted the Protestant Episcopal service. Mr. Reed died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Florida.
At the conclusion of the prayer, an Army detachment fired three volleys, “Taps” was sounded and then the burial flag was presented to the legislator’s widow, Mrs. Edna French Reed. Mr. Reed was buried beside his first wife, Mrs. Adele Wilcox Reed, who died in 1948.
Among those attending the service for the 72-year0old Republican leader, who had served in the Senate from 1922 to 1935, was former Senator Joseph F. Guffey, Pittsburgh Democrat who defeated Mr. Reed for reelection in 1934.
The Pennsylvania delegation in Congress was represented by Representatives Louis E. Graham, Republican, and Herman Eberharter, Democrat, and George I. Bloom, administrative assistant to Senator Edward Martin.
Among the relatives at the funeral were Mrs. Charles Denby of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a daughter, and Mrs. John C. Frazer, of Pittsburgh, a sister.
Photo Courtesy of Ron Williams
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Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, May 2008