Joseph Reed

Gov. Joseph Reed

Pennsylvania

Term(s)
December 1, 1778 - November 15, 1781

Born
July 27, 1741

Passed
March 5, 1785

Party

School(s)

Status:
Resigned

Birth State
New Jersey

National Office(s) Served:
Representative

Military Service:
Army

Family:
Married Esther de Berdt

BIO

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, JOSEPH REED was a lawyer and jurist. He served as aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the war of independence. Reed is credited with having been the first to expose the treason of Benedict Arnold. After retiring from the military, he was elected to the Continental Congress, where he signed the Articles of Confederation. He also served as Chief Justice of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. In 1778 he was chosen President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, the equivalent of state governor. Reed advocated the gradual abolishment of slavery. After leaving office, he retired to private life but served as a commissioner on the claim of Connecticut to lands in northern Pennsylvania. And in 1784 he was elected once more to Congress, but was unable to take his seat due to failing health.

Source

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 2. New York: James T. White & Company.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Wikipedia

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress