Thomas B. Reed Biography

U.S. Representative (1839–1902)
Attorney Thomas B. Reed was a Maine politician who was eventually elected to Congress, setting up regulations on legislative processes in the House.


Born on October 18, 1839, in Portland, Maine, Thomas B. Reed went on to practice law and was elected to his state legislature, later joining the House of Representatives as a Republican. Elected speaker, he came up with long-lasting ordinances on legislative processes that would be known as the Reed Rules. Resigning in opposition to the Spanish-American War, Reed died on December 7, 1902.

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