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REED, John, jurist, born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, in 1786; died in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 19 June, 1850. He was a member of the class of 1806 in Dickinson college, but left that institution before graduation. He studied law and was admitted to the bar of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1808. In 1815 he was elected state senator, and from 1820 till 1829 he was judge of the 9th judicial district of Pennsylvania. From 1834 until his death he was professor in the law department of Dickinson college. In 1839 he received the degree of LL.D. from Washington college, Pennsylvania He wrote " The Pennsylvania Blackstone" (3 vols., Carlisle, 1831), "a medley of English, Federal, and local law."
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