Thomas Buck Reed

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Thomas Buck Reed
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Attorney General of Mississippi
In office
Governor George Poindexter
Walter Leake
Gerard Brandon
Preceded by Edward Turner
Succeeded by Richard Stockton
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
January 28, 1826 March 4, 1827
Preceded by Powhatan Ellis
Succeeded byPowhatan Ellis
In office
March 4, 1829 November 26, 1829
Preceded by Thomas H. Williams
Succeeded by Robert H. Adams
Personal details
Born(1787-05-07)May 7, 1787
Lexington, Kentucky
DiedNovember 26, 1829(1829-11-26) (aged 42)
Lexington, Kentucky
Political party Jacksonian

Thomas Buck Reed (May 7, 1787 November 26, 1829) was a United States Senator from Mississippi.

Mississippi U.S. state in the United States

Mississippi is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd largest and 34th-most populous of the 50 United States. Mississippi is bordered to the north by Tennessee, to the east by Alabama, to the south by the Gulf of Mexico, to the southwest by Louisiana, and to the northwest by Arkansas. Mississippi's western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson is both the state's capital and largest city. Greater Jackson, with an estimated population of 580,166 in 2018, is the most populous metropolitan area in Mississippi and the 95th-most populous in the United States.



Linden, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1938. Builder is not known but Thomas B. Reed is known as the first occupant. In 1840, Linden was purchased by Mrs. Janr Gustine Connor, great grandmother of present owner Linden, Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi.jpg
Linden, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1938. Builder is not known but Thomas B. Reed is known as the first occupant. In 1840, Linden was purchased by Mrs. Janr Gustine Connor, great grandmother of present owner

Early life

Thomas Buck Reed was born on May 7, 1787 near Lexington, Kentucky. He attended the public schools and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University.) He studied law and was admitted to the bar.

Lexington, Kentucky Consolidated city-county in Kentucky, United States

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor. In the 2018 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 323,780 anchoring a metropolitan area of 516,697 people and a combined statistical area of 760,528 people.

Princeton University University in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later, and renamed itself Princeton University in 1896.


He commenced legal practice in Lexington in 1808. In 1809, he moved to Natchez, Mississippi and served as a city clerk in 1811. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Delegate to Congress in 1813, and was attorney general of Mississippi from 1821 to 1826. His party affiliation was Jacksonian.

Natchez, Mississippi Sole incorporated city in Mississippi, United States

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Natchez has a total population of 15,792. Located on the Mississippi River across from Vidalia in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, Natchez was a prominent city in the antebellum years, a center of cotton planters and Mississippi River trade.

In most common law jurisdictions, the attorney general or attorney-general is the main legal advisor to the government. The plural is attorneys general (traditional) or attorney generals.

In 1825, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives but declined to take his seat; he was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of David Holmes and served from January 28, 1826, to March 3, 1827. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1827, but was again elected to the Senate in 1828 and served from March 4, 1829.

Mississippi House of Representatives lower house of U.S. state legislature

The Mississippi House of Representatives is the lower house of the Mississippi Legislature, the lawmaking body of the U.S. state of Mississippi. According to the state constitution of 1890, it is to comprise no more than 122 members elected for four-year terms. To qualify as a member of the House candidates must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Mississippi for at least four years, and a resident in the district in which he or she is running for at least two years. Current state law provides for the maximum number of members. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

David Holmes (politician) American politician

David Holmes was an American politician. He was a Virginia congressman, and later Mississippi statesman. He was appointed as the fourth and last governor of the Mississippi Territory and became elected as the first governor of the State of Mississippi. He served a term as Senator of Mississippi, and returned to serve part of a term as governor before ill health forced him to resign.

Personal life

He married Margaret Allison Ross Reed (1787–1838), the daughter of plantation owner Isaac Ross (1760–1836). [1]

For the rugby player from New Zealand, see Isaac Ross.


He died on November 26, 1829 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Turner
Attorney General of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Richard Stockton
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Powhatan Ellis
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
Served alongside: Thomas H. Williams
Succeeded by
Powhatan Ellis
Preceded by
Thomas H. Williams
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Mississippi
Served alongside: Powhatan Ellis
Succeeded by
Robert H. Adams