James Whitelaw Reid (1837 - 1912)

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About James Whitelaw Reid

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Whitelaw Reid (October 27, 1837 – December 15, 1912) was a U.S. politician and newspaper editor, as well as the author of a popular history of Ohio in the Civil War.


Early life


Born James Whitelaw Reid on a farm near Xenia, Ohio, Reid attended Xenia Academy and went on to graduate from Miami University with honors in 1856. At Miami, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon (Kappa chapter), and lobbied for the expulsion of the six members who ultimately founded Sigma Chi.


Career


He was the longtime editor of the New York Tribune and a close friend of Horace Greeley. He was a leader of the Liberal Republican movement in 1872.


During the war he wrote under the by-line "Agate"


A Republican, he had an illustrious career as a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to France from 1889 to 1892, and as U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's from 1905 to 1912.


In 1892, Reid became the Republican vice presidential nominee when President Benjamin Harrison chose to drop Vice President Levi P. Morton from the ticket. Harrison and Reid lost to the Democratic ticket of Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson, as Cleveland became the first former president to recapture the office.


Reid was given a spot on the peace commission following the Spanish-American War. Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, is located on his former Westchester County estate.


Death


After his death while serving as the ambassador to Britain, his body was returned to New York aboard HMS Natal. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.


Publications

Reid, Whitelaw (1895). Ohio in the War Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers. 1. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company.
Reid, Whitelaw (1895). Ohio in the War Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers. 2. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company.

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitelaw_Reid

Whitelaw Reid (October 27, 1837 – December 15, 1912) was a U.S. politician and newspaper editor, as well as the author of a popular history of Ohio in the Civil War. He was the grandfather of prominent journalist and New York Tribune editor Whitelaw Reid.

Early life

Born on a farm near Xenia, Ohio, Reid attended Xenia Academy and went on to graduate from Miami University with honors in 1856. At Miami, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon (Kappa chapter), and lobbied for the expulsion of the six members who ultimately founded Sigma Chi.

Career

He was the longtime editor of the New York Tribune and a close friend of Horace Greeley. He was a leader of the Liberal Republican movement in 1872.

During the war he wrote under the by-line "Agate"

A Republican, he had an illustrious career as a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to France from 1889 to 1892, and as U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's from 1905 to 1912.

In 1892, Reid became the Republican vice presidential nominee when President Benjamin Harrison chose to drop Vice President Levi P. Morton from the ticket. Harrison and Reid lost to the Democratic ticket of Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson, as Cleveland became the first former president to recapture the office.

Reid was given a spot on the peace commission following the Spanish-American War. Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, is located on his former Westchester County estate.

Death[edit]

He died while serving as the ambassador to Britain. His body was returned to New York aboard HMS Natal. His remains are buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Publications[edit] After The War: A Southern Tour (May 1, 1865 to May 1, 1866.) London: Samson Low, Son, & Marston, 1866. Full text. Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke Co., 1895. Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. The Greatest Fact in Modern History. New York: Crowell, 1907. Full text. American and English studies. New York: Scribner, 1913. Vol. 1 (Government and Education) & Vol. 2 (Biography, History, and Journalism)

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