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Richard FRENCH

(1792-1854)

FRENCH, Richard, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Boonesborough, Madison County, Ky., June 20, 1792; attended private schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Winchester, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives 1820-1826; judge of the circuit court in 1829; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); again elected to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); resumed the practice of law; died in Covington, Ky., on May 1, 1854; interment in the family burial ground near Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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