- Michael P. Riccards
Reid, Whitelaw (27 October 1837–15 December 1912), journalist, politician, and diplomat, was born near Xenia, Ohio, the son of Robert Charlton Reid, a farmer and a devout Reformed Presbyterian, and Marion Whitelaw Ronalds. Whitelaw Reid attended Xenia Academy, which was presided over by his uncle, and at the age of fifteen he was enrolled as a second-year student at Miami University in Ohio. He especially enjoyed the study of Latin and modern foreign languages and while in college contributed articles to local newspapers. A superb student who was highly competitive and a perfectionist, Reid did well and graduated with scientific honors in 1856. Subsequently he headed a grade school in South Charleston, Ohio, for a year. After holding various other jobs, he turned to journalism and with his brother purchased in 1857 the ...