Biography of Rev. Harry W. Reed
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Rev. Harry Westbrook Reed, D. D. - Widely known throughout Jefferson County is Reverend Doctor Reed, who has served as pastor of All Souls Universalist Church for the past 20 years. He was born at Macedon, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1875, the son of Henry Hobart and Dorothy Anna (Dietrich) Reed.

Henry Hobart Reed was born at Macedon and his wife was a native of Rochester, N. Y. Throughout his life he engaged in general farming. He died in 1906 and his wife died in 1905. Both are buried at Palmyra. Mr. Reed was a Democrat, a member of the Universalist Church, and prominent in the affairs of the Masonic Lodge, being Past Master of Macedon Lodge, F. and A. M., for a period of 16 years. There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Reed: 1. Kathryn May, who died April 26, 1930, was the wife of John E. Peabody, of New Haven, Conn. 2. Jerome Dietrich, who died in 1911. 3. Genevieve Ann, lives in New York City. 4. Harry Westbrook, the subject of this sketch.

Henry Hobart Reed was the son of Peter Ostrander and Maria (Thurston) Reed, who were natives of Athens-on-the-Hudson. They settled at Macedon in 1845. Dorothy Anna (Dietrich) Reed was the daughter of Jacob Dietrich, who is buried at Chili, N. Y. He died at the age of 99 years and 351 days.

Harry Westbrook Reed attended the public schools of Macedon, Macedon Center Academy, and Geneva High School. He was graduated from the Canton Theological School in 1899 and during the following year took special work at the same school, which is now part of St. Lawrence University. He had been ordained as a minister of the Universalist Church in 1899, and filled the following pastorates before coming to Watertown in October, 1911; Clifton Springs, N. Y., 1900-01; Troy, N. Y., 1901-07; and St. John's Universalist Church, Joliet, Ill., 1907-11. During the World War he was in charge of a unit of the Naval Air Corps as secretary of the Y. M. C. A. stationed at Cape May, N. J.

Reverend Reed has been president of the New York State Convention of Universalists, superintendent and president of the Black River Association of Universalists, and has been selected to preach a sermon at the opening of the session of the General Convention of Universalists, which is to be held at Buffalo, N. Y., in October, 1931. He is a trustee of St. Lawrence University, and in 1917 that institution conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Doctor Reed was married (first) in 1901 to Miss Maud Harmon, who died March 8, 1929. She was the daughter of H. N. and Rowena (Gile) Harmon, who were natives of Clifton Springs, N. Y. Doctor and Mrs. Reed had an adopted daughter, Evelyn Clara, who is the wife of James Edward Wilson. They live at Old Greenwich, Conn., and are the parents of a daughter, Evelyn Ann.

Doctor Reed was married (second) in 1930 to Miss Marjorie P. Baker, the daughter of William R. and Emmeline Baker, the former a native of England and the latter of Watertown. Both are deceased and are buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.

Doctor Reed is a Democrat in politics, a 32nd degree Mason, and belongs to the Rotary Club, of which he is past president, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is vice president and trustee of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library Association.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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