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Richard William GUENTHER

(1845-1913)

GUENTHER, Richard William, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Potsdam, Prussia, on November 30, 1845; received a collegiate training and was graduated from the Royal Pharmacy in Potsdam; immigrated to the United States in July 1866 and settled in New York City; moved to Oshkosh, Wis., in 1867 and engaged in the drug business; State treasurer of Wisconsin 1878-1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1889); appointed by President Harrison consul general at Mexico City January 28, 1890, and served until May 21, 1893, when he resigned; appointed by President McKinley consul general at Frankfort on the Main, Germany, November 11, 1898, and served until July 21, 1910; appointed by President Taft consul general at Cape Town, Africa, May 4, 1910, and served until his death in Oshkosh, Wis., April 5, 1913; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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