Jack Reed (Mississippi)

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Jack Raymond Reed, Sr.
Born (1924-05-19)May 19, 1924
Tupelo, Mississippi, US
Died January 27, 2016(2016-01-27) (aged 91)
Tupelo, Mississippi
Occupation Businessman
Political party Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1987
Spouse(s) Frances Purvis Reed

Four children, includling:

Jack Reed, Jr.

Jack Raymond Reed, Sr. (May 19, 1924 – January 27, 2016), was an American businessman and politician from his native Tupelo, Mississippi.

Reed graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During World War II, he served in the Signal Intelligence Service of the United States Army of Occupation in Japan. In 1947, he received his master's degree in retailing from New York University in New York City. Reed returned home to help with his family's Reed's Department Store. He was president of the Mississippi Economic Council in 1962. In 1984, Reed was appointed to the Mississippi Board of Education.[1]

He was the 1987 Mississippi Republican gubernatorial nominee. He defeated Doug Lemon in his party's primary election. Reed then lost the general election to Democrat Ray Mabus.[2][3][4]

Nevertheless, 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,[5] and Leon Bramlett in 1983.[6] 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 the subject of several books.[citation needed] Reed died on January 27, 2016 at the age of 91.[7] His son, Jack Reed, Jr., is a past mayor of their hometown of Tupelo.


  1. ^ Jerry Mitchell, 'Education champion Jack Reed Sr. dies,' Jackson Clarion-Ledger, January 28, 2016
  2. ^ Winbush, Don (1987-11-16). "Mississippi Rises Again". Time.com. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Oral history with Mr. Jack Raymond Reed". Lib.usm.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  4. ^ APPublished: August 06, 1987 (1987-08-06). "Mississippi Runoff Set For Democrats – New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  5. ^ Gil Carmichael died on January 31, 2016, four days after Reed.
  6. ^ E.J. Dionne Jr. (1987-11-05). "Voting Produces Strong Evidence Of Importance of Race in Politics". NYTimes.com. Mississippi; United States; Philadelphia (Pa). Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Tupelo businessman Jack Reed, Sr. dies". WTVA.com. Retrieved 2016-01-28.