David A. Reed
|David A. Reed|
|United States Senator
August 8, 1922 – January 3, 1935
|Preceded by||William E. Crow|
|Succeeded by||Joseph F. Guffey|
|Born||David Aiken Reed
December 21, 1880
|Died||February 10, 1953
|Alma mater||Princeton University (A.B.)
University of Pittsburgh (LL.B.)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1917 – 1919|
|Unit||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
David Aiken Reed was born on December 21, 1880, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a descendant of David Reed. He graduated from Shady Side Academy, a Pittsburgh prep school, in 1896. He then obtained his college education at Princeton University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1903 and was admitted to the bar during the same year. He practiced law from 1903 to 1917 in Pittsburgh, also serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Industrial Accidents Commission, until serving as a major in field artillery in World War I until 1919, after which he resumed practicing law. In the military he received the Victory Medal, The Distinguished Service Medal and the France Order Legion Honor Knight Cross. He also was the post commander for VFW East Liberty Post number 5 Department of Pennsylvania. His dog tag reads "David A. Reed Major 311th Field Artillery U.S.A."
Reed, a Republican, was appointed to the United States Senate on August 8, 1922, to fill a vacancy created by the death of William E. Crow. He was subsequently elected on November 7, 1922, to serve for the remainder of Crow's term and a six-year term in his own right, beginning in March 1923. Along with Congressman Albert Johnson, Senator Reed was a co-author of the Immigration Act of 1924, the purpose of which was to restrict the movement of Eastern and Southern Europeans into the United States, and prohibit Asian immigration in its entirety. Reed served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments and Committee on Military Affairs. He was reelected in 1928, but was unsuccessful in seeking reelection in 1934. His tenure in the U.S. Senate ended with the expiration of his term on January 3, 1935.
After serving in the U.S. Senate, Reed resumed practicing law in Pittsburgh until his death on February 10, 1953, in Sarasota, Florida. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
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- Pittsburgh Leader (1913). The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians: A Standard Reference. Leader Publishing. p. 76.
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- David A. Reed at Find a Grave
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: George Pepper, William Vare,1 Joe Grundy, James Davis
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
1922, 1928, 1934
|Notes and references|
|1. Vare was never sworn-in or seated.|
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