REEDER, William Augustus, (1849 - 1929)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

REEDER, William Augustus, a Representative from Kansas; born near Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pa., August 28, 1849; moved with his parents to Ipava, Fulton County, Ill., in 1853; attended the public schools; taught school in Illinois 1863-1871; moved to Beloit, Mitchell County, Kans., in 1871; principal of the Beloit public schools 1871-1879; moved to Logan, Phillips County, Kans., in 1880 and engaged in banking; also interested in irrigation farming 1891-1901; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1911); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on the Irrigation of Arid Lands (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1911 and to Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1913, where he engaged in banking and in the real estate business until 1926; died in Beverly Hills, Calif., on November 7, 1929; interment in Hollywood Cemetery, Hollywood, Calif.