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Charles Rich (U.S. Representative)

Charles Rich (September 13, 1771 – October 15, 1824) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a Democratic-Republican United States Representative from Vermont.

Charles Rich
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded byMartin Chittenden
Succeeded byAsa Lyon
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byChauncey Langdon
Succeeded byHenry Olin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1821 – October 15, 1824
Preceded byChauncey Langdon
Succeeded byHenry Olin
Personal details
Born(1771-09-13)September 13, 1771
Warwick, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 15, 1824(1824-10-15) (aged 53)
Shoreham, Vermont
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Molly Watts
RelationsJohn Tyler Rich (grandson)
John Dewey (great-grandson)
Davis Dewey (great-grandson)



Rich was born in Warwick, Massachusetts to Thomas Rich and Millicent Conant.[1] He received a limited education. He moved to Shoreham, Vermont in 1787, and worked on the family farm. He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1800 to 1811. He was a county judge in Addison County, Vermont for six years.[2]

Rich was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 13th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1813, to March 3, 1815. He was elected to the 15th United States Congress, 16th United States Congress, 17th United States Congress and the 18th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1817, until his death on October 15, 1824.[3] Rich died in Shoreham, Vermont, and is interred in the family vault on his farm there.[4]

Family lifeEdit

Charles Rich (1802-1872), Sheep rancher and Michigan politician and judge.

Rich married Molly Watts in 1791, and they had the following children:

  • Clark Rich, b. 17 March 1792, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Davis Rich, b. 17 February 1794, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 23 March 1879, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Polly Rich, b. 15 June 1796, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Hiram Rich, b. 15 September 1798, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 2 March 1859, Brandon, VT.
  • John Thurman Rich, b. 12 October 1800, Shoreham, Addison, Vt, d. 12 October 1846, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Charles Rich, b. 30 July 1802, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 16 July 1872, Lapeer, Mi.
  • Quintus Cincinnatus Rich, b. 18 September 1804, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 4 November 1879, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Clarissa Rich, b. 1806, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Virtulon Rich, b. 1809, Shoreham, Addison, Vt, d. 10 May 1891, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Gasca Rich, b. 13 October 1811, Shoreham, Addison, Vt., d. 18 December 1894, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.
  • Catherine Rich, b. 1813, Shoreham, Addison, Vt.

Charles Rich Jr. served on the Michigan Board of Agriculture, as a county court judge, and in other offices.[5]

John W. Rich's son John Tyler Rich, was a United States Representative from Michigan and the 23rd Governor of Michigan.[6]

Davis Rich fathered Lucina Artemesia Rich who married Archibald Dewey of Burlington, Vt. Their sons included the famous philosopher and educator John Dewey and the MIT economics professor Davis Dewey.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History of an American Family". Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "RICH, Charles, (1771 - 1824)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rep. Charles Rich". Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Charles Rich". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Rich, Charles, Jr. (1802-1872)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "John Tyler Rich (1841-1926)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012.

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