Biography of Hon. William L. Reed
Indiana County, PA Biographies

HON. WILLIAM L. REED, M.D., a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, and a well established physician and influential citizen of Homer City, is a son of Augustus J. and Mary (Anderson) Reed, and was born near Stewartsville, in Armstrong township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1843. The Reed family is of Scotch descent. William Reed, the paternal grandfather of Dr. William L. Reed, was a farmer who lived near Clinton village, in Findley township, Allegheny county. He was an old line whig and a strong anti slavery man and an active member of the Presbyterian church. His son, Augustus J. Reed (father), was born in Findley township in 1820, received a common-school education and was engaged in farming until 1888, when he removed to Colorado. He there bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, but, not liking the country and the rough frontier life of the section in which he had ]ocated, he returned to Allegheny county in 1889. He is an elder in the United Presbyterian church, a prominent republican and served once as township assessor. In 1842 he married Mary Anderson, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Logan) Anderson, of Indiana county. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have been the parents of eight children, six of whom are living. Mrs. Reed's father, William Anderson (maternal grandfather), was born in Ireland, came in 1812 to Ohio, and shortly afterwards removed to Armstrong county, where, near the site of Taylorville, he purchased a farm of four hundred acres. He was the founder of Stewartsville (Parkwood postoffice), which he had laid out on New Year's Day, 1848, and of which village his son Samuel erected the first dwelling. 'William Anderson was a member of the Presbyterian church, and married Elizabeth Logan, a native of Ireland, by whom he had several children.

William L. Reed was reared on his father's farm and attended the common schools and Elder's Ridge academy. He entered Westminster college, in Lawrence county, from which institution of learning he was graduated in 1867. On August 31, 1861, he enlisted as a sergeant in Company D, 62d regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanded by Col. Black. He served three years and four months, was wounded three times and was discharged at Stone general hospital, Washington city, in December, 1864. He was shot in the left leg at Hanover Court-house, received a ball in the left leg at Chancellorsville, and was shot in the left arm, left side and through both thighs during the second day's fight at Gettysburg. After he was discharged from the army he read medicine with Dr. Banks, of Livermore, Westmoreland county, for six months and then taught a select school, after which he resumed the study of medicine with Dr. Robert McChesney, of Shelocta. He attended lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cincinnati, from which institution he was graduated in 1874. After graduation he located at Shelocta, where he practiced for six years and then removed to Jacksonville. In 1889 he came to Homer City as a larger and more favorable field for the practice of his profession and is building up quite an extensive practice.

In 1867 he married Anna P. Johnson, daughter of James and Mary C. (Miller) Johnson, of New Wilmington, Lawrence county. To Dr. and Mrs. Reed have been born five childern: Lulu, born January, 1868, died in 1870; Nola, born in 1870, wife of a Mr. Scott, of Westmoreland county; Nellie, born in 1872; Charles Paul, born September 30, 1877, and Mary, born in August, 1880. Mrs. Reed is a woman of good education, prominent in society and devoted to her family.

Dr. Reed is an influential and leading republican, and has served as a school director and burgess of Homer City. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, and served very creditably during the session of 1888-89. He is a courteous gentleman of good address and kind disposition, and has many friends throughout the county. He is painstaking, trustworthy and successful as a physician; useful as a citizen, honorable as a man and prominent as a republican in the county councils of his party.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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