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Edmund Platt (February 2, 1865 – August 7, 1939) was a United States Representative from New York.

Edmund Platt
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – June 7, 1920
Preceded byEdwin A. Merritt
Succeeded byHamilton Fish III
Personal details
Born(1865-02-02)February 2, 1865
Poughkeepsie, New York
DiedAugust 7, 1939(1939-08-07) (aged 74)
Chazy, New York
Political partyRepublican Party
Alma materEastman Business College
Harvard University

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York he attended a private school and Riverview Academy. He graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie and learned the printer's trade. He graduated from Harvard University in 1888 and taught school and studied law. He moved to Wisconsin and edited the Superior Evening Telegram in 1890 and 1891. He returned to Poughkeepsie in 1891 and engaged in editing and publishing the Poughkeepsie Eagle; he was also a member of the board of water commissioners of Poughkeepsie.

Platt was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and held office from March 4, 1913 to June 7, 1920, when he resigned to accept appointment by President Woodrow Wilson to the Federal Reserve Board. While in the House of Representatives, he was chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-sixth Congress). Platt became vice governor of the Federal Reserve Board in August 1920 and served until 1930 when he resigned. He returned to Poughkeepsie and engaged in an extensive banking business; he died in Chazy, New York while on a visit in 1939; interment was in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Edmund Platt (id: P000379)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Albert Strauss
Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
July 23, 1920 – September 14, 1930
Succeeded by
J. J. Thomas
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edwin A. Merritt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th congressional district

Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish III