Biography of James R. Reid
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Reid, James R., senior member of the steam engine and boiler manufacturing firm of Reid & Cooper, and of Reid, Cooper & Thomas, manufacturers of oxide paints, was born in Amsterdam, N. Y., November 11, 1837. He is a son of James B. Reid, a merchant and lawyer who died in Amsterdam. Two of his Sons served in the army. James R. graduated from West Point in 1863 and was immediately assigned to the Tenth United States Infantry as second lieutenant of Company B, in which he served one year. He was made second lieutenant and in 1866 was promoted captain of the same company. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, where he received a gun shot wound in the head. Returning to Buffalo with his regiment, and thence to Elmira, he again entered the service in command of his company in Minnesota and resigned in 1866, at which time he came to Elmira and engaged in the wholesale grocery business till 1870, when he formed his present copartnerships. Mr. Reid was president of the Board of Trade for some years, of which he also was one of its organizers. In June, 1865, he married Mary B., daughter of David H. Tuthill, and they have two daughters.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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