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Joseph Reed

Continental congressman

Joseph Reed, American Continental congressman. member Committee of Correspondence for Philadelphia, 1774; member Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, 1775; member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1775, 77-78.

Background

Reed, Joseph was born on August 27, 1741 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Andrew and Theodosia (Bowes) Reed.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1757. Studied Middle Temple, London, England.

Career

Admitted to New Jersey bar, 1763. Appointed deputy secretary Colony of N. J., 1767. Appointed member Committee of Correspondence for Philadelphia, 1774.

President 2d New Jersey Provincial Congress, 1775. Appointed lieutenant colonel Pennsylvania Associate Militia, 1775, became military secretary to General Washington. Member Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, 1775.

Member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1775, 77-78. Adjutant general Continental Army with rank of colonel, 1775, participated in Long Island campaign, promoted brigadier general, 1777. Served at battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Portsmouth.

President Supreme Executive Council Pennsylvania, 1778-1781. Responsible for abolition of slavery in Pennsylvania. Prosecuted Benedict Arnold, a founder University of Pennsylvania, trustee, 1782-1785.

Membership

Member Committee of Correspondence for Philadelphia, 1774. Member Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, 1775. Member Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1775, 77-78.

Connections

Married Ester de Berdt, May 22, 1770.

father:
Andrew Reed

mother:
Theodosia (Bowes) Reed

spouse:
Ester de Berdt