David Rea (politician)

David Rea ( * January 19, 1831 in New Marion, Ripley County, Indiana, † June 13, 1901 in Savannah, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1879 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


David Rea attended the public schools of his home. In 1842 he moved with his parents in the Andrew County, Missouri, where he first worked in agriculture. Between 1849 and 1854 he also worked as a teacher. After a subsequent law degree in 1862 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Savannah in this profession. During the Civil War he rose to lieutenant colonel in the army of the Union. After the war he continued his legal practice in Savannah. He was also a member of the local Board of Education.

Politically Rea was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1874 he was in the ninth constituency of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Charles Parker on March 4, 1875. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 two legislative sessions. In 1878 Rea lost to Nicholas Ford of the Greenback Party. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again in Savannah, where he died on 13 June 1901.