January 2, 1881
James Byron Reed was born near Lonoke (Lonoke County). He was admitted to the state bar in 1906 and established a private practice that same year. He also ventured into politics, winning election to the Arkansas House of Representatives, where he served in 1907. He ultimately represented the Sixth District of Arkansas in the Sixty-eighth through the Seventieth U.S. Congresses, serving from 1923 to 1929.