He was raised in Morrisville, Vermont, and graduated from Union College in 1859.
Gleed was also involved in banking and other businesses, including serving on the board of directors of banks in Morrsiville and Hyde Park. Gleed was State"s Attorney again from 1880 to 1882. In 1880 he was also elected to the Vermont Senate, serving one two-year term and leading the Senate as its President Pro Tem.
From 1890 to 1892 Gleed served as Vermont"s Commissioner of Taxes.
Gleed died in Morrisville on June 29, 1897. He was buried in Morrisville"s Pleasant View Cemetery.
Gleed was married twice. They had two children, both of whom died before adulthood.
Laura Fleetwood was the mother of Frederick G. Fleetwood, who studied law under Gleed"s tutelage.
A Republican, Gleed served in several local and county offices, including school board member, village trustee for Morrisville, Selectman for Morristown, Vermont, State"s Attorney for Lamoille County from 1867 to 1868, Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1867 to 1868, and a federal assessor of internal revenue from 1870 to 1874.