Reid, Samuel Chester, 1783-1861

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Birth 1783-08-24
Death 1861-01-28

Biographical notes:

Family members represented include Samuel Chester Reid (1783-1861), naval officer, and his son, Samuel Chester Reid, lawyer, (1818-1897).

From the description of Samuel Chester Reid family papers, 1807-1963 (bulk 1830-1897). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982434

Samuel Chester Reid (1783-1861) was born in Norwich, CT. He served in the Navy in the War of 1812, for which he was regarded as a national hero. After resigning from the Navy, Reid moved to New York, N.Y., where he published the New York Telegraph and Signal Book and was appointed harbor master in 1843. Reid is also credited for designing the stars and stripes scheme to the American flag, which Congress adopted in 1818. Reid died in New York City and was buried in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery in an unmarked grave. A memorial monument marking the site of his grave was erected and dedicated in 1956.

Source: Queen, Thelma, and Harry G. Heiss. "Samuel Chester Reid family papers, 1807-1963: Biographical Note." Accessed April 14, 2011. Associated Granite Craftmen's Guild, Inc. Dedication to Perpetuate the Memory of Samuel Chester Reid, 1783-1861. Brooklyn, N.Y.: 1956.

From the guide to the Samuel Chester Reid collection, 1837-1956, (Brooklyn Historical Society)


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  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Monuments--New York (State)--Kings County
  • Flags
  • Telegraph lines--United States
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  • Naval officers


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