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David Aiken Reed
Major, United States Army
United States Senator
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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 Myer, Va.


REED BURIED IN ARLINGTON
Legislators Attend Final Rites for Former G.O.P. Senator

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.



Gravesite of David Aiken Reed
Photo Courtesy of Ron Williams

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REED, DAVID A
AJ LT COL RES 311 F A U S A
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/21/1880
DATE OF DEATH: 02/10/1953
BURIED AT: SECTION 2  SITE E-129
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

REED, ADELE W W/O DAVID A
DATE OF DEATH: 06/09/1948
BURIED AT: SECTION 2  SITE E-129
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Webmaster: Michael Robert Patterson


Updated: 13 September 1999 Updated: 29 October 2000 Updated: 4 May 2003 Updated: 16 January 2008 Updated: 13 May 2008
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DA Reed Gravesite PHOTO May 2008
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, May 2008