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John Tyler RICH

(1841-1926)

RICH, John Tyler, a Representative from Michigan; born in Conneautville, Crawford County, Pa., April 23, 1841; moved with his parents to Addison County, Vt., in 1846 and to Elba, Lapeer County, Mich., in 1848; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member and chairman of the board of supervisors of Lapeer County 1869-1872; member of the State house of representatives 1873-1881 and served as speaker during the last two terms; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1873, 1875, and 1878; served in the State senate from January 1, 1881, until March 21, 1881, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Omar D. Conger and served from April 5, 1881, to March 3, 1883; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; State railroad commissioner 1887-1891; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 and 1892; Governor of Michigan 1892-1896; United States collector of customs at Detroit from February 16, 1898, to January 30, 1906; was elected State treasurer of Michigan to fill a vacancy and served from January 23, 1908, to January 1, 1909; collector of customs at Port Huron, Mich., from December 11, 1908, to May 30, 1913; died in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 28, 1926; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lapeer, Mich.

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

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