David Rea (politician)

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David Rea (January 19, 1831 – June 13, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born near New Marion, Indiana, Rea attended the common schools. He moved to Missouri with his parents, who settled in Andrew County in 1842. He engaged in agricultural pursuits near Rosendale. He taught school in the country 1849-1854. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1862, and commenced practice in Savannah, Missouri, in 1863. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army and served successively as first lieutenant, captain, quartermaster, and lieutenant colonel. He resumed the practice of his profession in Savannah. He served as member of the board of education.

Rea was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879), but he failed reelection in 1878. He practiced law in Savannah, Missouri, until his death in that city on June 13, 1901. He was interred in the City Cemetery.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Nicholas Ford