(1741–85) Revolutionary War army officer and leader. Born in New Jersey, Reed established a flourishing law practice in Philadelphia. He became a member of the Philadelphia Committee of Correspondence in 1774 and was president of Pennsylvania's second Provincial Congress (1775). He also was named secretary to Gen. George Washington when Washington assumed command of the Continental army. Although he believed the Declaration of Independence to be premature, he fought ably in a number of battles.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.