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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
WILLIAM M. REED, attorney at law, Marshall County, was born September 5, 1848, in Graves County, this state. His father, whose name the son retains, was a native of North Carolina. He came to Kentucky, when a child, with his parents, Noah and Nancy Reed, and was reared to farming in Graves County, where the parents first located. In 1847 he removed to Marshall County, and the following year was killed while felling a tree. His wife, Margaret (McCain) Reed, was a native of Tennessee. The union gave two children: W. M. and N. R. The mother was subsequently married to Noah Park, by whom she has eight children. Our subject was reared on the farm, and attended the common schools of the vicinity, the education thus obtained being supplemented by several years attendance at the Benton and Princeton Academies, and other places. He immediately began the study of law thereafter under the advice of Judge P. Palmer, now deceased, and a year later was admitted to the bar, and has been in continuous practice since. In 1877 he resigned the position of county attorney to accept election to the State Legislature, to which body he was subsequently re-elected. He occupies a leading position among the members of the profession, and is recognized as an attorney of great ability. His practice extends to the adjoining counties, and he is one of the firm of Gilbert & Reed, Paducah, and Oury & Reed, Murray, Ky. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Christian Church. He was married October 17, 172, to Miss Mary A. Strow, of Benton, a daughter of Willis and Mary Strow. This union has been blessed with three children: Clarence B., Cecil Lula and Roscoe.