Frank R. Reid

Frank R. Reid
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byIra Clifton Copley
Succeeded byChauncey W. Reed
Personal details
Frank Reid

(1879-04-18)April 18, 1879
Aurora, Illinois
DiedJanuary 25, 1945(1945-01-25) (aged 65)
Aurora, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Frank R. Reid (April 18, 1879 – January 25, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. He was christened without a middle name and chose the letter "R" for an initial.[1]

Gen. "Billy" Mitchell's court-martial, 1925. Reid is seated to Mitchell's right.

Born in Aurora, Illinois, Reid was one of eleven children of an Irish grocery store owner. Reid attended the public schools, the University of Chicago, and the Chicago College of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Aurora, Illinois. He served as prosecuting attorney of Kane County 1904-1908. State's attorney 1904-1908. He served as assistant United States attorney at Chicago 1908-1910. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1911 and 1912. He served as chairman of the Kane County Republican central committee 1914-1916. Secretary of the League of Illinois Municipalities in 1916 and 1917.

Reid was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1935). He served as chairman of the Committee on Flood Control (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-first Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1934. He engaged in the general practice of law at Chicago and Aurora, Illinois. He died in Aurora, Illinois, on January 25, 1945. He was interred in Spring Lake Cemetery.

While serving on the House Aircraft Committee, he met Gen. Billy Mitchell, who was testifying before the committee. On October 3, 1925, he was requested by Mitchell to act as defense counsel during Mitchell's court-martial in Washington, D.C. for "conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline," and represented him pro bono. In the dramatic film about the trial, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, Reid was portrayed by Ralph Bellamy.


  1. ^ Waller, Douglas C. (2004). A Question of Loyalty: Gen. Billy Mitchell and the Court-Martial That Gripped the Nation, Harper Collins. ISBN 0-06-050547-8, p. 38.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ira Clifton Copley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Chauncey Reed