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Richard SCHELL


SCHELL, Richard, a Representative from New York; born in Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck County, N.Y., May 15, 1810; completed preparatory studies; engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to New York City in 1830 and became a wholesale dry-goods merchant; member of the State senate in 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of David B. Mellish and served from December 7, 1874, to March 3, 1875; resumed mercantile pursuits; died in New York City, November 10, 1879; interment in the Old Dutch Cemetery, Rhinebeck, N.Y.

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