Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom & France etc.

Associated Houses



Reid Hall


Dorchester House

London W1

Wrest Park


He rose from being a war correspondent during the Civil War to Editor then owner of The New York Tribune from 1872 until his death. Under his leadership the paper gained a daily readership of 60,000. From 1889 to 1892, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him Ambassador to France and on his return asked him to stand as his vice-presidential nominee. In 1902, he was appointed Special Ambassador to the Court of St. James for the Coronation of King Edward VII. Three years later, he was made Ambassador and remained in that position until his death in 1912. 
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 22/04/2019 and last updated on 30/04/2024.