Richard FRANCHOT, Congress, NY (1816-1875)


FRANCHOT, Richard, a Representative from New York; born in Morris, Otsego County, N.Y., June 2, 1816; attended the public schools and the Hartwick and Cherry Valley Academies; studied civil engineering at the Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; served for some years as president of the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad Co.; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; moved to Schenectady, N.Y.; raised the One Hundred and Twenty-first Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and was commissioned colonel August 23, 1862; brevetted brigadier general United States Volunteers March 13, 1865; associated with the Central Pacific Railroad Co.; died in Schenectady, N.Y., November 23, 1875; interment in Vale Cemetery.

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