Reed, James Alexander,
1861-1944, American political leader, b. near Mansfield, Ohio. He moved to Iowa and was admitted (1885) to the bar, practicing there and later in Missouri. He was (1898-1900) an extremely successful prosecuting attorney of Jackson co., Mo., and then served (1900-1904) as mayor of Kansas City, Mo. As Democratic senator (1911-29) from Missouri, he adamantly opposed national prohibition and U.S. participation in the League of Nations. In 1928 he was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, but lost it to Alfred E. Smith
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