John H. Reed
1982, on right
|Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives|
February 22, 1982 – September 3, 1985
|Preceded by||Donald Toussaint|
|Succeeded by||James Spain|
August 23, 1976 – June 1, 1977
|Preceded by||Chris Van Hollen, Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Howard Wriggins|
|Chairperson of the National Governors Association|
July 29, 1965 – July 7, 1966
|Preceded by||Grant Sawyer|
|Succeeded by||William Guy|
|67th Governor of Maine|
December 30, 1959 – January 5, 1967
|Preceded by||Clinton Clauson|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth Curtis|
|Member of the Maine Senate|
|Member of the Maine House of Representatives|
January 5, 1921|
Fort Fairfield, Maine, U.S.
|Died||October 31, 2012
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maine, Orono
Navy Supply Corps School
John Hathaway Reed (January 5, 1921 – October 31, 2012) was the 67th Governor of Maine. He was once an Aroostook County potato farmer. Reed was a Republican who took office following the death of Governor Clinton Clauson.
Life and career
Reed was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, in 1921. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1942. He served in the United States Navy in World War II, first graduating from Harvard's Navy Supply Corps School in 1944.
After coming home, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1954. He served one term before being elected to the Maine Senate. At the start of his second senate term, he was elected Senate President, an office which in Maine is first in line for the governorship. Upon Clauson's death, Reed became governor and was the fourth Governor Maine had in 1959, after Clauson, Robert Haskell, and Edmund Muskie. He was then elected over Democrat Frank M. Coffin to finish Clauson's term in 1960. He was narrowly reelected over Democrat Maynard C. Dolloff in 1962 to serve Maine's first 4-year term as governor. In 1966, he was defeated by Democrat Ken Curtis.
Reed was a strong supporter of the Vietnam War and was close to President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, who appointed him to the National Transportation Safety Board in 1966. After serving in that post, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon, a Republican, US ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives (shared country accreditation by ambassador). Reed was appointed ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives a second time by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, in 1981.
Marriage and children
Cora Davison was a graduate of Haverhill High School in 1938 and from the former McIntosh School of Business in Lawrence, in 1940. She worked as a secretary in the office of the Clarence Walker Shoe Factory in Haverhill prior to moving with her family to Newport, where she took a position as executive secretary to the commanding officer of the Newport Naval Supply Depot, during World War II. Here she met her future husband.
John and Cora had two daughters and three grandchildren:
- Cheryl Reed
- Ruth Ann Reed, married to Jerry Duford
- Reed Duford
- Drew Duford
- Curt Duford
His wife Cora died on November 7, 2004, at Washington Home and Hospice Center after a long illness.
- "Former Maine Gov. John Reed dead at 91", Bangor Daily News, November 2, 2012.
- "Maine Governor John Hathaway Reed", National Governors Association website. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "History of Diplomatic Relations", State Department history webpage. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "Maine native, a former envoy, praises Bush aid commitment", Portland Press Herald (Portland, Me.), Dec 30, 2004. pg. A.1.
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48466-2004Nov13_2.html Wasshington Post Obituaries
- http://bangordailynews.com/2008/09/25/obituaries/cora-davison-reed/ Obituaries CORA DAVISON REED
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