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Stanley Forman Reed

  • Birth 31 Dec 1884 Minerva, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 2 Apr 1980 Huntington, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Burial Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 5710

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, Attorney, World War I U.S. Army Officer. Born in Minerva, Kentucky on the last day of 1884, he graduated from the Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1902. Reed then attended Yale University and after graduating in 1906, he studied law at the University of Virginia and at Columbia University. Reed continued his education when he traveled to Europe and studied at the Sorbonne in France in 1909. He returned to America in 1910, was admitted to the bar, and practiced as an attorney in Maysville, Kentucky. He was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 1912 and served until 1916. When the United States entered World War I, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. After the war, he returned to his legal profession while also raising prize winning Holstein cattle on his farm near Maysville. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920 and 1936. Reed was appointed as general counsel of the Federal Farm Board from 1929 to 1932. He was then appointed as general counsel of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation from 1932 to 1935. Reed received another political appointment in 1935 as U.S. Solicitor General. A New Deal liberal, he was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court where he presided for 19 years. He was considered as a moderate and authored over 300 opinions. Reed was involved in many notable cases until he retired on February 25, 1957. During his retirement, he occasionally served as a temporary judge on several lower federal courts. He died in Huntington, New York in 1980 when he was 95 years old.

Bio by: K Guy


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  • Added: 10 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5710
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Stanley Forman Reed (31 Dec 1884–2 Apr 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5710, citing Maysville Cemetery, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .