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REED, Thomas Brackett, legislator, born in Portland, Maine, 18 October, 1839. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1860, and studied law, but was appointed acting assistant paymaster in the navy, 19 April, 1864, and served until his honorable discharge, 4 November, 1865. He was soon afterward admitted to the bar, and began to practise at Portland Illinois 1868-'9 he was a member of the lower branch of the Maine legislature, and in 1870 he sat in the state senate. From the latter year until 1872 he was attorney-general, and in 1874-'7 he served as solicitor for the city of Portland. He was elected a member of congress in 1876, and has been re-elected until the present time (1888). Mr. Reed is one of the chief members on the Republican side of the house, and is an effective debater.
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