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Reed, Isaac

(1809-1887) a U.S. Representative, was born in Waldoboro on August 22, 1809, prepared for college at Bloomfield Academy in what is now Skowhegan, but by preference became a merchant-ship builder. He also engaged in banking.

Town clerk of Waldoboro (1836-1838), he served in the Maine State Senate in 1839, 1840, 1850, and 1863, and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1842, 1843, and 1846.

President of the town board (1843-1868), Reed was a selectman 1849-1853, 1855, and 1856. A member of the State Board of Agriculture, he was also a trustee of the Maine Insane Hospital. An unsuccessful candidate for election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress, he was subsequently elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Andrews and served from June 25, 1852, to March 3, 1853.

Reed was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 1854 and 1855 when he resumed his shipbuilding business. He was State Treasurer in 1856. Upon the dissolution of the Whig Party he became a Democrat and again a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1870 and 1871. He died in Waldoboro on September 19, 1887, with interment in Central Cemetery.

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