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Preceded by
  
John J. Rooney

Education
  
Boston University

Political party
  
Democratic Party

Party
  
Democratic Party

Alma mater
  
Boston University

Succeeded by
  
Guy Molinari

Name
  
Fred Richmond


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Born
  
November 15, 1923 (age 100) Boston, Massachusetts (
1923-11-15
)

Role
  
Member of the United States House of Representatives

Frederick William Richmond (born November 15, 1923) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Biography

Richmond was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1945. Richmond graduated from Boston University in 1945. He engaged in a wide array of civic and charitable activities in New York. In college, he supported himself by playing the piano and forming the Freddie Richmond Swing Band. He served as deputy finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1958 until 1960. Richmond was a delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He was a member of the New York City Council from 1973 until 1974.

Richmond was elected to Congress in 1974 and represented New York's 14th congressional district from January 3, 1975, until August 25, 1982. In spite of his Northern, big city upbringing, upon his election, Richmond joined the House Agriculture Committee where he spent many years lobbying campaigns to develop new support for federally funded inner city gardens which he hoped would spread across the nation. Due to his work, and with help from House veterans in congress like Jamie Whitten, the Urban Gardening Program (UGP) was created .

From the 1950s to the 1980s he built a conglomerate, incorporated in 1960 as Walco National, buying up and usually improving the operations of a diverse group of smaller operating companies. His business career was not without notoriety. Richmond was also known as an opportunist who skirted the ethics. In one instance, he was accused of involvement in greenmail, the purchase of strategic blocks of shares for resale back to a target for a profit.

In April 1978, Richmond was arrested in Washington for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. In 1982 Richmond was convicted on federal corruption charges, which included possession of marijuana and payment of an illegal gratuity to a Brooklyn Navy Yard employee. As part of a plea bargain he was forced to resign from office. This was not Richmond's first brush with the law. Despite the seriousness of this crime Richmond referred to it as "an isolated incident" in his next re-election campaign. Soon after he was returned to Congress by a large majority of his constituents.

With a personal fortune estimated at $32 million, Richmond was one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

As of 2010 he is a resident of New York City.

References

Fred Richmond Wikipedia


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