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Robert Fleming RICH

(1883-1968)

RICH, Robert Fleming, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Woolrich, Clinton County, Pa., June 23, 1883; attended the public schools, Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, Pa., and Williamsport (Pa.) Commercial College; was graduated from Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy in 1902 and attended Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 1903-1906; engaged in the woolen-mills business in 1906; also engaged in banking and became financially interested in various business and manufacturing enterprises; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1924, 1952, and 1956; member of the board of trustees of Dickinson College 1912-1958, of Lock Haven (Pa.) Teachers College 1918-1928, of Lock Haven (Pa.) Hospital 1920-1951, and of Lycoming College 1931-1963; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edgar R. Kiess; reelected to the Seventy-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from November 4, 1930, to January 3, 1943; did not seek renomination in 1942; elected to the Seventy-ninth, Eightieth, and Eighty-first Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1951); was not a candidate for renomination in 1950; general manager of Woolrich Woolen Mills, 1930-1959, president, 1959-1964, chairman of the board, 1964-1966, when he became honorary chairman; died at Jersey Shore, Pa., April 28, 1968; interment in Woolrich Cemetery, Woolrich, Pa.

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

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