William Bradford Reed
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|William Bradford Reed|
Harper's Weekly sketch
|Pennsylvania Attorney General|
April 2, 1838 – January 15, 1839
|Preceded by||James Todd|
|Succeeded by||Ovid F. Johnson|
|2nd District Attorney of Philadelphia|
|Preceded by||Horn R. Kneass|
|Succeeded by||William B. Mann|
|Envoy to Qing Empire|
April 18, 1857 – November 11, 1858
|Preceded by||Peter Parker|
|Succeeded by||John Elliott Ward|
June 30, 1806|
|Died||February 18, 1876
New York City, New York
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
William Bradford Reed (June 30, 1806 – February 18, 1876) was an American attorney, diplomat, academic and journalist. He is best known for his biography of his grandfather, General Joseph Reed.
Biography and career
Reed was born the son of Joseph Reed and Maria Ellis Watmough. After graduating at the University of Pennsylvania in 1825 he went to Mexico as private secretary of Joel R. Poinsett, studied law, was appointed Pennsylvania Attorney-General (1838), and was made professor of American history at the University of Pennsylvania (1850).
Between 1851 through 1856 Reed served as the District Attorney of Philadelphia.
In 1857, Reed became Minister to China, where he negotiated the Treaty of June, 1858, and on his return (1860) was active in Democratic Party politics and in New York journalism. For a time he was an American correspondent of The Times.
Reed published many controversial and historical pamphlets and contributed essays chiefly to the American Quarterly and the North American Review. He wrote the Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed, his grandfather (1847), and Life of Esther de Berdt, afterward Esther Reed, his grandmother (1853).
His brother was educator Henry Hope Reed.
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Ovid F. Johnson