|October 22, 1887
Portland, Oregon, United States
|October 17, 1920
Moscow, Russian SFSR
|Cause of death
John Silas Reed (October 22, 1887 – October 17, 1920) was a Statesian journalist and socialist. He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1887. After college he entered journalism and soon became the most highly paid ace reporter in the United States of America. He was a correspondent in the Mexican war of 1916 to 17 and a reporter in the First World War, a job which took him to Russia. He became personally involved in the Labour movement in the United States of America in 1913 when he helped organise a silk workers' strike in Paterson, New Jersey; and when he returned from Russia he toured the country speaking on the October Revolution and reporting for the Liberator.
John Reed then returned to the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, where he died of typhus in 1920. He was buried in the Red Square, in the Heroes' Grave; a plaque in the Kremlin Wall commemorates him.