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From 1949's Pictorial Directory of the 81st Congress.

Robert Fleming Rich (June 23, 1883 – April 28, 1968) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Early life and educationEdit

Robert F. Rich was born in Woolrich, Pennsylvania. He attended Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, PA, and the Williamsport Commercial College. He graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in 1902 and attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, from 1903 to 1906.

Commercial enterprisesEdit

Rich was engaged in the woolen-mills business in 1906. He was also engaged in banking and became financially interested in various business and manufacturing enterprises. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1924, 1952, and 1956. He was a member of the board of trustees of Dickinson College from 1912 to 1958, of the Lock Haven Teachers College from 1918 to 1928, and of the Lock Haven Hospital from 1920 to 1951. He was an important supporter of Lycoming College and a member of its board of trustees from 1931 to 1963.[1]

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

Rich was elected as a Republican to the 71st Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edgar R. Kiess. He was reelected to the 72nd Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses. He did not seek renomination in 1942. He was again elected to the Seventy-ninth, Eightieth, and Eighty-first Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1950. According to Christopher Manion, Rich:

became famous – and wildly popular – during the New Deal for one question, which he insisted on asking on the floor of the House of Representatives every time a new spending bill was taken up: "Where are we going to get the money," he would roar. It was such a constant refrain that the other members of the House would often join in like a chorus – alas, only in jest: they knew where they would get the money – they would print it.[2]

Woolrich Woolen MillsEdit

He served as general manager of the Woolrich Woolen Mills from 1930 to 1959, president from 1959 to 1964, and chairman of the board from 1964 until 1966 when he became honorary chairman. He died at Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania,[3] and is interred in Woolrich Cemetery.


  1. ^ John F. Piper, Lycoming College, 1812–2012: On the Frontiers of American Education (Lexington Books, 2011), ISBN 9781611483703, pp. 405 & passim. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Manion, Christopher (2011-12-07) A Debate That Will Live In Infamy, Crisis
  3. ^ "Robert Rich, Industrialist", Associated Press in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 1968.


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