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Milton Reed

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 18, 1932 (83)
Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Reed and Sophia Brown Reed
Brother of William Reed, Jr.; Sophia Reed; Maria Reed and Waldo Reed

Occupation: Mayor of Fall River, lawyer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Milton Reed

The William Reed Memorial Scholarship at  Harvard was established by Milton, a prominent Fall River attorney who served a term as mayor. Milton's obituary  was published in the Boston Herald 9/19/32. He died the previous day: Sept. 18, 1932.


From Secretary's report: fortieth anniversary, Issue 8  By Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1868. Page 118.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., October 1, 1848. He is the son of William and Sophia B. (Ladd) Reed. He is descended from Elias Reed from the County of Kent England, who was among the first settlers of Woburn, Massachusetts, whence David Reed, of the fifth generation, went to Newbury in 1738.

His maternal ancestor, Daniel Ladd, was with the first settlers, in 1637, in Haverhill, and by intermarriages became connected with the Noyes, Jaques, Emerson, and other old families of the Merrimack valley.

When four years old, Reed removed with his father's family to Farmington, Iowa, living there four years; but the climate impaired the health of them all, and they came back to Essex County, Mass., to Georgetown and to Newburyport, where his father became the principal of the South Male Grammar School. From i860 to 1867 they lived in Cambridge, after which time the family went to Erie, Penn., where his father entered the newspaper business. Reed enjoyed health, and writes most appreciatively of his educational and travel advantages, and the devotion of his parents.

He took a three, instead of the usual four year course at the Cambridge High School, and was graduated at the head of his class. Most of his instruction in the classes he received from Miss Lucy E. Sheppard, who became the wife of President Thomas Hill.

At Harvard, in his retrospect, Reed disclaims being "guilty of the folly of studying for college rank"; he "tried to lay the foundation of a good general knowledge which will be more useful to one in the future than any temporary college success gained by a slavish observance of the foibles and oddities of an instructor, or by making myself a mere machine by unremitting drudgery over books." His honors came easily. They were a Detur at the end of the Freshman year:—a first Bowdoin prize for a Dissertation in Greek Prose, in 1867, from "Webster's Oration on the First Settlement of New England";—at the Junior Exhibition, Oct. 23, 1866, "A Greek Version—From Hawthorne's Marble Faun";—a Latin Oration, on Commencement Day; —and rank third with 88 per cent, for the entire four years' course. He was elected Odist for the Senior Class Supper. The only College Society that he joined was the Phi Beta Kappa. Most of the College Societies he repudiated, and he adds:—"I have mingled but little with the majority of my class." He roomed at his father's home in Cambridge, until the Senior year, when he occupied Holworfchy 23, with 6»geni. 'The humanities and philanthropy were, however, far too much a part of his nature and training to foster a recluse.

At once upon graduation he went to Fall River and became editor of the "Fall River Daily Evening News," a flourishing paper. He was thus occupied for three years, and so pleasantly that he "saw the silver lining of the cloud with very few eclipses." In 1870 the "dear people" elected him a School Committee man for a term of three years. In the summer of 1871 he threw his whole energy into the study of law, entering the Harvard Law School, and the office of the Hon. Edmund H. Bennett in Taunton, Mass. He was admitted to the Bar in January, 1873, con" tinued in the active practice of his profession at Fall River, and is supposed to be the first member of our Class to be elevated to the Bench, holding the offices of Special Justice of the Second District Court of Bristol County, and being Trial Justice of Juvenile Offenders in Fall River, before the first decade had passed of our post-graduate careers. He became the City Solicitor of Fall River from 1875 to i88r. In 1881 he was a member of the Massachusetts Senate, serving on the Special Committee on the Revision of the Massachusetts Laws. In 1884 he was elected Mayor of Fall River. Afterwards he became Chairman of the Fall River Board of Civil Service Examiners. He was appointed by Governor Wolcott, in 1897, a Trustee of the Taunton Lunatic Asylum; and he was appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court as one of the Board of Bar Examiners.

He has founded two scholarships at Harvard: One, in 1893, "The Fall River Scholarship," with a gift of $1,200, to which the Harvard Club of Fall River has added $800. The annual income is to be paid "to some meritorious needy undergraduate student at the College proper, preference to be given to some such student from the City of Fall River, Massachusetts." The other, in 1907, is "The William Reed Scholarship," with an income of $175. Founded by a gift of securities valued at $4,000 in memory of William Reed, his father, (b. 1818, d. 1894). The Fund "shall bear his name; the income thereof to be given by preference to any of his descendants who may te students in any department of Harvard University and who shall certify that they need it; otherwise to some needy and worthy student of the collegiate or scientific undergraduate department."

In 1881 he made a tour of Europe; in 1886 he visited England and Ireland; in 1891 he again went to Europe; and since then he has travelled extensively, twice to California, several times to Europe, and in 1908, for four months, in the Levant. He is now (April, 1909), making a tour of the world, via Hawaii and Japan.


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Milton Reed's Timeline

October 1, 1848
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 18, 1932
Age 83
Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States