Sen. Harry Reid

Nevada native and five-time senator Harry Reid.

Five-time Nevada senator Harry Reid was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Searchlight, Nev. His father was a gold miner and his mother was a laundress.

Reid attended the Searchlight Elementary School through the eighth grade and attended high school in Henderson, taking the bus both ways.

He attended college in Utah where he was promising amateur middleweight boxer.

After college he attended George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C.

He and Laura Gould married in 1959 in Las Vegas. He was 20 and she was 19.

Harry began his political career in Nevada state politics. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1987 and remained in the Senate for 30 years, retiring in 2017.

He used to say, “I would rather dance than fight, but I know how to fight.”

• Nevada became part of the United States at the end of the Mexican War of 1846

• It became a territorin 1861 after gold and silver were discovered

• Nevada was explored by Jedidiah Smith in the 1820s.

• During the Great Depression the Hoover Dam was constructed, 1931-1936. Henry Kaiser of Kaiser Steel, Fontana, fame built the bypass tunnels.

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