Thomas B. Reed 1839–1902, Maine

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A colleague pronounced Speaker Reed "the greatest parliamentary leader I ever saw." Reed hoped to parlay his parliamentary reputation into the presidency. "They might do worse," he concluded about his chances for the Republican nomination, "and they probably will." Reed ended his career when he resigned in opposition to American territorial expansion in the Spanish-American War.

Thomas B. Reed, photograph by Elmer Chickering, 1894

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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