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Richard S. Molony

Richard Sheppard Molony (June 28, 1811 – December 14, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Richard S. Molony
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byJohn Wentworth
Succeeded byJames Knox
Personal details
Born(1811-06-28)June 28, 1811
Northfield, New Hampshire
DiedDecember 14, 1891(1891-12-14) (aged 80)
Humboldt, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Northfield, New Hampshire, Molony studied medicine. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1838 and commenced the practice of his profession in Belvidere, Illinois. He served as delegate to the 1852 Democratic National Convention.

Molony was elected as a Democrat to the 32nd United States Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852. He moved to Humboldt, Nebraska, and engaged in agricultural pursuits 1866-1891. In 1882 he declined the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Nebraska on account of ill health. He was again a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1884. He died in Humboldt, Nebraska, December 14, 1891. He was interred in Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere, Illinois.


  • United States Congress. "Richard S. Molony (id: M000846)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wentworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Knox