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1819 Born 20th June at Sonning, son of Andrew Reed
1836 Apprenticed to woolen manufacturer in Leeds
1839 With a friend, published "The Leeds Repository"
1842 Founded Reed and Tyler, printers, in Fleet St., London
1844 Married Margaret Baines
1849 Moved to a new firm, Reed and Pardon, in Hatton Garden
1855 Became a member of the Court of Common Council
1861 Master printer employing 140 persons; lived in South Hackney
1861 His friend, Alderman Robert Besley, retired from his type founding business Robert Besley and Co; Reed took advantage of the gap left by Besley and established his own business in Fann Street - Reed and Fox.
1868 Elected MP for Hackney
1871 Type founder, employing 100 men and 40 boys, living in West Hackney with Margaret Reed 52, Andrew H Reed 22, type founder, Agnes T Reed 20, Talbot B Reed 19, type founder, Eliott Pye Reed 17, Kenneth S Reed 9
1873 Became chairman of the London School Board
1881 Died in Tottenham. His son Eliot became chairman of the family business in 1890.