Jack Reed (Mississippi)

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For the U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, see Jack Reed (politician).
Jack Reed, Sr.
Born (1924-05-19) May 19, 1924 (age 90)
Tupelo, Mississippi
Occupation Businessman
Political party
Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1987
Children Jack Reed, Jr.

Jack Raymond Reed, Sr. (born May 19, 1924), a businessman from Tupelo, was the 1987 Mississippi Republican gubernatorial nominee. He defeated Doug Lemon in his party primary election. Reed then lost the general election to Democrat Ray Mabus.[1][2][3]

At the same time, Reed's 47 percent of the vote was encouraging to his party. He fared better than his Republican predecessors Rubel Phillips in 1963 and 1967, Gil Carmichael in 1975 and 1979, and Leon Bramlett in 1983.[1] In 1991, the Mississippi GOP won the governorship for the first time since Reconstruction with the election of businessman Kirk Fordice, who unseated Mabus.

Reed is remembered well across Mississippi and particularly in his home of Lee County, several books having been written about him. His son, Jack Reed, Jr., is a past mayor of their hometown, Tupelo, Mississippi.


  1. ^ TIME Magazine, November 16, 1987
  2. ^ "Oral history with Mr. Jack Raymond Reed". Lib.usm.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  3. ^ APPublished: August 06, 1987 (1987-08-06). "Mississippi Runoff Set For Democrats - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-17.