Born in East Windsor, Connecticut. Worked as an engraver in Lansingburg, New York 1794 to 1797. Lived in New York City in 1797. Married Elizabeth Loring.
Reed engraved plates for bank notes. He worked at Hartford, Connecticut 1803 to 1808. Returned to Connecticut for about ten years. Worked with Samuel Stiles in the firm of Reed & Stiles in Hartford 1821 to 1824. Stiles married Reed's daughter. After 1824 Reed returned to New York City. In 1851 he published Reed's Guide to the Art of Penmanship illustrated with his own plates. He died at Toledo, Ohio.
A book of proof notes from Reed passed through the collections of Dr. Stiles, F. C. C. Boyd, and John Ford. The individual notes were sold at auction by NASCA November 2, 1983.
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