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Ogden Reid, US Ambassador to Israel, signing autographs outside a US Independence Day reception in Tel Aviv

Ogden Rogers Reid (born June 24, 1925) was a United States Representative from New York.

Reid was born in New York, New York and he graduated from Deerfield Academy and Yale University. He was widely known by his nickname, "Brownie." His family owned the New York Herald Tribune and, before that the New York Tribune. From 1959 to 1961, Reid was the United States Ambassador to Israel. Reid was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1962. Reid was on the liberal fringe of the GOP and faced repeated challenges in primaries. On March 22, 1972, he switched parties and joined the Democratic Party. Reid said that he could not support Richard Nixon for re-election and the Republican Party had "moved to the right" and was "not showing the compassion and sensitivity to meet the problems of the average American." Reid defeated a Republican challenge later on in 1972. Reid declined to seek re-election in 1974 and he ran for Governor of New York briefly, dropping out of the race before the election. He later served in the administration of Democratic governor Hugh Carey as Commissioner of Environmental Conservation and was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the post of Westchester County Executive in 1983.

Reid was the son of publishers Helen Rogers Reid and Ogden Mills Reid, grandson of diplomat and 1892 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Whitelaw Reid, and the brother of Whitey Reid.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward B. Lawson
U.S. Ambassador to Israel
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Walworth Barbour
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edwin B. Dooley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th congressional district

1963–1973
Succeeded by
Benjamin A. Gilman
Preceded by
Mario Biaggi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

1973–1975
Succeeded by
Richard Ottinger
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