Willis Ellsworth Reed

Willis Ellsworth Reed

Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Death 30 Jun 1939 (aged 72)
Madison, Madison County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Malvern, Mills County, Iowa, USA
Plot Section 3 Lot 11
Memorial ID 66217037 · View Source
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Willis Ellsworth Reed, the son of William Burton and Margaret Ann (née Hamilton) Reed was Attorney General of Nebraska during World War I. He was born near Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa on August 17, 1866, and died on June 30, 1939 in Madison, Madison County, Nebraska.

In the fall of 1884 Willis began teaching school near Guthrie Center, Iowa, and taught for five terms. In 1886 he moved to Madison, Nebraska, and taught school for nine months and in the meantime studied law under the direction of John Robinson. In 1888 he became clerk in the law office of Allen and Robison. In the fall of that year he was admitted to the bar and became a partner of his former teacher. He was married on March 10, 1891 to Alice Mae Aistrope.

In 1896 he was a delegate to the National Free Silver convention at Kansas City, Mo., and later as a Bryan Democrat he worked to secure the election of William Jennings Bryan to the presidency.

Since 1906 he practiced law by himself and devoted part of his time to other interests. He was the first city attorney of Madison, and Attorney General of the state of Nebraska for 1915 to 1919; and, was secretary to the National Convention of Attorney Generals at Saratoga, N.Y., in 1917.

During World War I he was on the Mid-Continent Finance committee of the League of Nations to enforce peace of which William Howard Taft was national president and Willis E. Reed was vice chairman of Nebraska. His highest aspiration was to serve the people of Nebraska in the United State Senate which goal he never reached. He was a delegate to the National Democratic convention in Chicago in 1932 and made a plea for the adoption of his minority plank before the convention and received much comment and was quoted in the press association stories filed with newspapers of the region.

He was a member of Globe Lodge of A.F. & A. M., of which he has served as Worshipful Master, and a Knight Templar and Shriner. He served as Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the American Bar Association, also the Nebraska State Bar Association. Failing health caused him to give up many of his activities in his latter years.

He was married March 10, 1891 to Alice Mae Aistrope of Malvern. They had no children, and she, along with four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Liona Trent of Smithwick, S.D., Mrs. Minnie Latimer of Yale, Ia., Mrs. Eva Gill of Regan, N.D., Mrs. Louis Wohring of Des Moines and Claude H. Reed of Omaha survived him upon his death on June 30, 1939. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Mrs. Nettie Farley, and two brothers, attorney M.O. Reed of Spokane, Washington, and Dr. Wilson H. Reed of Omaha, Nebraska.

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