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Chauncey W. Reed

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Chauncey W. Reed
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byEmanuel Celler
Succeeded byEmanuel Celler
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 1935 – February 9, 1956
Preceded byFrank Reid
Succeeded byRussell W. Keeney
Constituency11th district (1935–49)
14th district (1949–56)
Personal details
BornJune 2, 1890
West Chicago, Illinois
DiedFebruary 9, 1956(1956-02-09) (aged 65)
Bethesda, Maryland
Resting placeGlen Oak Cemetery in West Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
SpouseElla D. Stegen

Chauncey William Reed (June 2, 1890 – February 9, 1956) was an American World War I veteran, lawyer, and politician who served eleven terms as a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1935 until his death in 1956.

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Reed was born in West Chicago, Illinois to William Thomas Reed and Margaret Reed.[1] Reed's father held several political positions.[2]

Reed attended the local public schools and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Reed was city treasurer of West Chicago, Illinois, in 1913 and 1914. He graduated from the Webster College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, in 1915. He was admitted to the bar that same year and commenced practice in Naperville, Illinois.

World War I

During World War I, Reed served as a sergeant in the 86th Infantry Division.

He resumed his law practice in Naperville upon his return from the war.

Political career

Reed served as State's Attorney of DuPage County from 1920 to 1935 and also served as chairman of the DuPage County Republican Central Committee from 1926 to 1934. On October 3, 1929, Reed married Ella D. Stegen.[1] They would become the parents of three children.[3]


Reed was elected as a Republican to the 74th United States Congress in 1934 and was later reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1935, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland on February 9, 1956.

He served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary for the 83rd Congress.


Reed was interred in Glen Oak Cemetery in his hometown of West Chicago, Illinois.

See also


External links

  • United States Congress. "Chauncey W. Reed (id: R000111)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Chauncey W. Reed" is available for viewing at the Internet Archive
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 11th congressional district

January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th congressional district

January 3, 1949 – February 9, 1956
Succeeded by

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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