Bios of People of Scots Descent REID, Henry A.
Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes,
Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form
(volume 3), pp. 568-569. Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D. Published in
1914, by Century Historical Association.
Reid, Henry A., sheriff of Calcasieu
parish, Lake Charles, La., was born at Lake Charles, July 23, 1876; son
of Alexander L. and Mary Ida (Guillory) Reid, the former of whom was a
native of St. Martinville, La., and the latter of St. Landry parish,
near the village of Washington. The paternal grandfather, David J. Reid,
was a native of Scotland. He came to America at the age of 18 years,
locating near the town of St. Martinville, La. In 1850 he moved from
this first location to Lake Charles, where he was subsequently elected
sheriff of Calcasieu parish. Upon the expiration of his term in this
office he was re-elected to succeed himself, and after having served two
terms as sheriff he became a candidate for the office of district judge,
to which he was later elected and remained incumbent until the time of
his death, in the year 1880.
Alexander L. Reid, his son, and father of
the subject of this sketch, was born at St. Martinville, and at the age
of 8 years moved with his father to Lake Charles. He attended the public
schools of this latter place and when the course of instruction had been
completed at these, entered Louisiana state university, from which in
due time he graduated. Following the completion of his education he
returned to Lake Charles and after some time was elected sheriff of
Calcasieu parish. After serving two terms as sheriff, he was elected to
the office of tax assessor, but after discharging the duties of this
latter office 1 term he was elected mayor of the city of Lake Charles.
The people of the city were so well pleased with his administration of
the affairs of the municipality that they continued reelecting him to
the office of mayor during six consecutive terms. In 1892 he moved from
Lake Charles to New Orleans, having been appointed custom house
inspector by the late President Cleveland. He remained incumbent of this
latter office until the time of his death, Feb. 12, 1911. Some time
previous to his death he was made captain of the force, an office that
was created especially for him. He is survived by his widow, who at this
time makes her home at Lake Charles.
Henry A. Reid was the second of 2
children born to his parents. The first born, Jennie, died at the age of
7 years. Henry A. attended the public schools of Lake Charles, following
which he entered the St. Isadore school at New Orleans, from which he
graduated with the class of 1894. He then returned to Lake Charles and
after a short time entered the service of the St. Louis, Watkins &
Gulf R. R., so remaining until 1898, when, upon the beginning of the
Spanish-American war, he enlisted as a member of Co. G, 1st Louisiana
volunteer infantry; and served until mustered out Oct. 28, 1898. Shortly
afterward he accepted employment with the New Orleans Street Railway
Co., in New Orleans, remaining in this connection until Aug. 3, 1904,
when he returned to Lake Charles and was there appointed deputy sheriff
under his uncle, David J. Reid, and stationed at Bon Ami, in Calcasieu
parish. Later he was appointed jailer and served 3 years in these joint
offices. He then resigned and was appointed to the mounted police force
of the city of Lake Charles, so remaining until March 5, 1911, when he
resigned to become a candidate for the office of sheriff of the parish.
He was duly elected to the latter office, assuming his duties as sheriff
June 1, 1912, and is the present incumbent, with prospects favoring his
re-election as long as he may desire. In Sept., 1900 Henry A. Reid was
married to Miss Alice LaGroue, of Amite City, La. One daughter, Jennie
May, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Reid.
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