Biography of Hon. E. M. Reed
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Reed, Hon. E. M., was born in Taunton, Mass., July 23, 1832, and is a son of William and Mary (Dennis) Reed. His father was a prominent merchant of Taunton and a deacon in the Winslow church of that city up to the time of his death. He was one of the early abolitionists and furnished aid and comfort to fugitive slaves who escaped from the South by underground railroad. His house was a rendezvous for ministers, missionaries, and of all those who needed help in olden times. He was prominent in the early growth of Taunton and traced his ancestry to William Reed of Weymouth in 1636. E. M. Reed was educated in the public schools and Bristol Academy of Taunton, and soon after went into the office of Bassett & Reed, prominent lawyers of Taunton. In 1856 he was admitted to the Supreme Court sitting at Taunton, and soon afterwards opened an office in Mansfield, in the old meeting house on the common. He was trial justice from 1861 to 1870, then appointed a justice of the First District Court of Bristol county, and in 1877 the Legislature passed an act that a court should be held in Attleborough and he has presided there daily ever since. In 1861 he was chosen town clerk and treasurer of Mansfield, which office he held for many years. He was enrolling officer during the Civil war. He was a member of the Legislature in 1866 and 1867; has been trustee of Bristol County Savings Bank, Taunton, for twenty five years; director of Mansfield Cooperative Bank since its organization; commissioner of the sinking fund three years, was one of the building committee of the town hall and fire department house, also executor and administrator of many estates, and clerk of the orthodox parish for thirty years. In August. 1857, he married Sarah J., daughter of John W. and Mary Crockett of Middletown, Conn., and they have one daughter, Bertha H. Mrs. Reed died in 1887. Mr. Reed is the author of the Mansfield (Bristol county) History of 1883, and has written much for local papers.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

Bristol County, MA Biographies

Names A to B
Names C to D
Names E to H
Names I to L
Names M to O
Names P to R
Names S
Names T to Z




New York

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012