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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HON. CHARLES REED, mayor of Paducah, and a native of that city, was born November 4, 1842. He is a son of W. H. Reed, formerly a contractor, and a well-known and highly respected citizen of Paducah. Charles Reed, in early life, had the advantages of the city schools of Paducah, but at the age of twelve years was compelled to quit school and labor for his sustenance. He became an apprentice to the tobacco trade, at which he occupied his time until the beginning of the civil war, when, though only a boy, he entered the Confederate Army, serving in many of the greater battles of that struggle, including the battles of Shiloh, Corinth and Harrisburg. He was first under the command of Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, as a member of the Third Kentucky Regiment, Breckinridge’s division, but later was with Gen. Forrest in all of his noted raids through Kentucky and Tennessee. The close of the war found Mr. Reed without financial means, but his native energy, then, as now, predominated over circumstances and he soon became associated with John Segenfelter, in the hotel business, with whom he opened the European Hotel of Paducah. This effort was successful, and in 1876 he purchased a half interest in the Richmond House, and is now proprietor of that well-known institution. Prior to his connection with this house and in 1872, he became connected with Messrs. Hobbs and Morton, in the management of an extensive woolen manufactory, the firm being known as Hobbs, Morton & Reed. Mr. Reed remained a member of this firm for three years, when he retired. In political preferences, Mr. Reed is a Democrat, and has been frequently elected to a seat in the city council. In March, 1881, he was elected to the office of mayor of the city of Paducah, and his popularity as an executive was manifested in his re-election to the same office in March 1883, and elected to third term March, 1885. Mr. Reed is a gentleman of prepossessing appearance, kind and agreeable to all and noted for his public spirit in matters pertaining to the general good.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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