Esther Reed

Esther Reed

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  • When the American Revolution broke out, Joseph Reed was elected for congress and George Washington personally asked him to leave his law firm to help when he took over the Continental army at Boston. This is important to the American Revolution because if he had not asked Joseph to leave his position, Esther might not have helped, Esther de Berdt Reed is Joseph's wife. 
  • 1775
  • June 10th,1780
  • George Washington was always begging Congress for more supplies. Esther wanted to help him so she wrote an article explaining that women could be just as patriotic as men for they cared and wanted to help out. 
  • 1780
  • Women around Philadelphia and Pennsylvania started sending money and raised more than 300,000 dollars.  This helped the Revolution because Esther was planning to use the money to help Washington and the soldiers.
  • 1779-1780
  • Esther bought tons of fabrics and made over 2,200 shirts for the soldiers. This made a huge impact with helping the soldiers of the Continental army. 
  • Esther de Berdt Reed worked very hard to help the soldiers and Washington. In fact, some say "she literally worked herself into an early grave."
  • 1779-1780
  • September 18th, 1780
  • Sadly, Esther became ill and died on September 18th, 1780. The daughter of Benjamin Franklin took the leadership of the organization. Reed did not live to see America achieve their independence.
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