Naval officer; born in Norwich, Conn.
, August 25, 1783; went to sea when only eleven years of age, and was captured by a French privateer and kept a prisoner six months. Acting midshipman
under Commodore Truxtun
, he became enamoured of the naval service, and when the War
of 1812-15 broke out he began privateering.
He comhanded the General Armstrong
in 1814, and with her fought one of the most remarkable of recorded battles, at Fayal
(see General Armstrong, the
). Captain Reid
was appointed sailing-master in the navy, and held that office till his death.
He was also warden of the port of New York.
was the inventor of the signal telegraph that communicated with Sandy Hook
from the Narrows, and it was he who designed the present form of the United States
He died in New York City, Jan. 28, 1861.