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education as the public schools of his day afforded, and then engaged in agricultural pursuits, together with stock-raising and droving, his life avocations. Through the purchase of his brother's and sister's interest he became the owner of the old homestead, upon which he resided all his life, his death occurring March 14, 1890. He was a successful business man, acquiring an ample competency for his time. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was class-leader, and of whose Sabbath-school he was superintendent. A loyal and staunch republican, he always took an active part in the organization and work of his party, usually representing his precinct in the county conventions. He was a strong advocate for the free-school system, believed in the education of the masses, and for many years served as a member of the school board. A man in whom the people reposed the most implicit confidence, he filled all the local offices of his township, but never sought political preferment. He was a soldier in the late war; enlisted in 1864 in company I, Two Hundred and Eleventh regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry; served to the close of that conflict, and was a member of John A. Jones Post, G. A. R.
Mr. Reed married first Christina Orner, and they were the parents of three children: Arabella, wedded George W. Strong, of Tyrone, this State; Tillie J., deceased, was the wife of Aaron Rishel; and one that died in infancy. His second and last matrimonial alliance was with Ellen Simpson and resulted in the birth of nine children: Annie, married George Martis, a farmer of Blacklick township, Etta E., wedded J. C. Rishel, a merchant, of Punxsutawney, Jefferson county, this State; Samuel I., is the subject of this biography; Kate B.
became the wife of James C. Raulston, a farmer of Indiana county, this State; Sofa E. married William Gillispie, a merchant of Strongtown, Indiana county; Lizzie C. in ts the wife of Curtis McDonald, an engineer running on the Pennsylvania railroad, and residing at Conemaugh, this county; Aramita died young; and Tillie and Theresa are at home.
Samuel Lemon Reed wedded, October 18, 1893, Elizabeth Evans, a daughter of the late John O. Evans, of Ebensburg. He was educated in the public schools, the Ebensburg academy, and an academy at Strongtown, Indiana county. Having obtained a good academic education, he engaged in teaching for a period of seven years. He taught in his native township, where, by reason of his superior talent as an instructor, his salary was increased each succeeding year in order to retain his valuable services. In 1888 he went before the board of examiners, and passed successfully the preliminary law examination, and immediately entered upon the study of law, under the preceptorship of the late George M. Reed. Naturally possessed of a legal turn of mind and close, studious habits, he made rapid progress in his studies, and in July, 1890, was admitted to the bar of Cambria county. The two succeeding years he practiced alone; but, upon the death of his preceptor, in 1892, formed a partnership with Mathiot Reade, which partnership has continued up to the present time, 1896.
Politically he is a republican; religiously a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and fraternally a member of Lieutenant Hugh Jones Post, No. 227, Sons of Veterans, at Ebensburg.
Mr. Reed, in connection with Wm. L. Reed, of Johnstown, has secured a patent upon a Railway Gate below described. "This im-