John H. Reed
| John H. Reed |
|Born||January 5 , 1921|
Fort Fairfield, Maine, U.S.
|Died||October 31 , 2012 (Age 91)|
Washington DC, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maine, Navy Supply Corps School|
A fierce supporter of the war in Vietnam and very close to President Lyndon B. Johnson
John Hathaway Reed was the governor of Maine from 1961 to 1967.
He was educated at the University of Maine and then served in the United States Navy during World War II.
After coming home, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1954. He served one term before being elected to the Maine Senate. At the start of his second senate term, he was elected Senate President, an office which in Maine is first in line for the governorship. Upon Clauson's death, Reed became governor and was the fourth Governor Maine had in 1959, after Clauson, Robert Haskell, and Edmund Muskie. He was then elected over Democrat Frank M. Coffin to finish Clauson's term in 1960. He was narrowly reelected over Democrat Maynard C. Dolloff in 1962 to serve Maine's first 4-year term as governor. In 1966, he was defeated by Democrat Ken Curtis.
A fierce supporter of the war in Vietnam and very close to President Lyndon B. Johnson, he was appointed by the latter to the National Transportation Safety Board in 1966. President Richard Nixon appointed him Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.
Reed lived in Washington, D.C., after his retirement. He died there on October 31, 2012.
- ↑ "Maine Governor John Hathaway Reed", National Governors Association
- ↑ "Maine native, a former envoy, praises Bush aid commitment", Portland Press Herald (Portland, Me.), Dec 30, 2004. pg. A.1.
- ↑ "Former Maine Gov. John Reed dead at 91", Bangor Daily News, November 2, 2012.
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48466-2004Nov13_2.html Wasshington Post Obituaries
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