Charles Rich (U.S. Representative)

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Charles Rich
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded by Martin Chittenden
Succeeded by Asa Lyon
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded by Chauncey Langdon
Succeeded by Henry Olin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1821 – October 15, 1824
Preceded by Chauncey Langdon
Succeeded by Henry Olin
Personal details
Born (1771-09-13)September 13, 1771
Warwick, Massachusetts
Died October 15, 1824(1824-10-15) (aged 53)
Shoreham, Vermont
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Molly Watts
Children Charles Rich, Jr. and John W. Rich
Profession Politician

Charles Rich (September 13, 1771 – October 15, 1824) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a Democratic-Republican United States Representative from Vermont.

Biography[edit]

Rich was born in Warwick, Massachusetts to Thomas Rich and Millicent Conant.[1] He received a limited education. He moved to Shoreham, Vermont in 1787, and worked on the family farm. He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1800 to 1811. He was a county judge in Addison County, Vermont for six years.[2]

Rich was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 13th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1813, to March 3, 1815. He was elected to the 15th United States Congress, 16th United States Congress, 17th United States Congress and the 18th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1817, until his death on October 15, 1824.[3] Rich died in Shoreham, Vermont, and is interred in the family vault on his farm there.[4]

Family life[edit]

Charles Rich (1802-1872), Sheep rancher and Michigan politician and judge.

Rich married Molly Watts in 1791, and they had the following children: Clark Rich, b. 17 March 1792, Shoreham, Addison, Vt. East Shore Cem.., +Davis Rich, b. 17 February 1794, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 23 March 1879, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.. Polly Rich, b. 15 June 1796, Shoreham, Addison, Vt..,Hiram Rich, b. 15 September 1798, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 2 March 1859, Brandon, VT.,John Thurman Rich, b. 12 October 1800, Shoreham, Addison, Vt, d. 12 October 1846, Shoreham, Addison, Vt. Charles Rich, b. 30 July 1802, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. Bef. 1830, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.., Quintus Cincinnatus Rich, b. 18 September 1804, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 4 November 1879, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.., Clarissa Rich, b. 1806, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., Virtulon Rich, b. 1809, Shoreham, Addison, Vt, d. 10 May 1891, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., Gasca Rich, b. 13 October 1811, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 18 December 1894, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.., Catherine Rich, b. 1813, Shoreham, Addison, Vt. Charles Rich, Jr. and John W. Rich.[5] Charles Rich, Jr. served on the Michigan Department of Agriculture.[6] John W. Rich's son John Tyler Rich, was a United States Representative from Michigan and the 23rd Governor of Michigan.[7] Davis Rich fathered Lucina Artemesia Rich who, in turn, married Archibald Dewey of Burlington, VT. Their sons included the famous philosopher and educator John Dewey and the MIT economics professor Davis Dewey.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of an American Family". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "RICH, Charles, (1771 - 1824)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Charles Rich". govtrack.us. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles Rich". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rich family of Michigan". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rich, Charles, Jr. (1802-1872)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "John Tyler Rich (1841-1926)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seat created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large congressional district

1813-1815
Succeeded by
Asa Lyon
Preceded by
Chauncey Langdon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large congressional district

1817-1821
Succeeded by
Henry Olin
Preceded by
Chauncey Langdon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd congressional district

1821-1824
Succeeded by
Henry Olin