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Clyde Reed and Clyde Reed Jr. papers

Creator: Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949

Date: circa 1930-1989

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 43463

Restrictions: Clyde Reed, Jr.'s tax returns and financial records are closed until 2035.

Biographical sketch: Clyde Martin Reed was born 9 October 1871 in Champaign County, Illinois, the son of Martin Van Buren and Mary Adelaid Reed. His family moved to Labette County, Kansas in 1875, where Reed received his education, including a teacher's certificate. In 1891 he married Minnie E. Hart and they had seven children who survived to adulthood.

Reed worked for the government much of his life, when not running the Parsons Sun newspaper. He worked in the post office for many years, was secretary to Governor Henry Allen in 1919 and then held appointments to the Kansas Industrial Court and the Public Utilities Commission in the early 1920s. He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican Party candidacy for Kansas governor in 1924. In 1928 he was successful on the Republican ticket but only served for one term due to economic and social pressures caused by the onset of the Great Depression. However, in 1938 Reed was elected a United States senator from Kansas and held that position until his death. He died 8 November, 1949 in Parsons, Kansas.

Clyde M. Reed, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps. He received a political science degree from the University of Kansas in 1937 and published and edited the Parsons Sun for most of his life and held various civic and political positions. He was president of the Kansas Press Association and of the William Allen White Foundation, served on the Kansas Board of Regents and was a member of the State Constitutional Revision Commission of the 1950s. He unsuccessfully ran for Kansas governor in 1958.

Abstract: The collection consists of the personal, business, and official papers of Clyde M. Reed and his son, Clyde Reed, Jr. It includes Clyde, Sr.'s personal and U.S. senatorial records, including copies of speeches, newspaper clippings, and other such materials; Clyde M. Reed, Jr.'s personal and business papers, including financial records and tax returns; records from the Parsons Sun newspaper, including correspondence, contracts and other such materials; and photographs.

Space Required/Quantity: 10.00 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Clyde Reed and Clyde Reed Jr. papers

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    United States. Congress. Senate
    U.S. Senators
    Parsons (Kan.)
    Reed, Clyde M. (Clyde Martin), Jr.
    Reed, Clyde M. (Clyde Martin), Jr. -- Personal finance
    Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949
    Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949 -- Political activity
    Newspaper editors -- Kansas -- Parsons
    Newspapers -- Kansas -- Parsons

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Restrictions: Clyde Reed, Jr.'s tax returns and financial records are closed until 2035.