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Fred Richmond
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – August 25, 1982
Preceded byJohn J. Rooney
Succeeded byGuy Molinari
Personal details
Frederick William Richmond

(1923-11-15)November 15, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedDecember 28, 2019(2019-12-28) (aged 96)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Monique Alice Pflieger
(m. 1955; div. 1957)
EducationBoston University (BA)

Frederick William Richmond (November 15, 1923 – December 28, 2019) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Early life

Richmond was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Frances (née Rosen) and George Richmond; his father was a lawyer and his mother a homemaker. He graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School in 1940 and enrolled in Boston University. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945 before returning to Boston University, graduating in 1946. 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 and was a delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He was also member of the New York City Council from 1973 until 1974 when he was elected to the US Congress in 1974 and represented New York's 14th congressional district from January 3, 1975, until August 25, 1982.

Upon his election, Richmond joined the House Agriculture Committee where he spent many years 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. [1]


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 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.[2]

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. He resigned his seat and was found guilty of making illegal payments to a government employee and marijuana possession. He was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and fined $20,000.[3] He served nine months in prison.[4]

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

Richmond died on December 28, 2019 at a nursing home in Manhattan from pneumonia, aged 96.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Malakoff, David (1994). "Final Harvest". Community Greening Review: 1–2.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "CongressionalBadBoys". Archived from the original on 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2006-10-04.
  4. ^ "The Foley Follies", by John W. Dean, FindLaw, October 6, 2006
  5. ^ "Frederick Richmond, 96, Dies; Congressman Undone by Corruption". The New York Times. January 9, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonard Scholnick
Member of the New York City Council
from the 18th district

Succeeded by
Morton Povman
Preceded by
Mario Merola
Member of the New York City Council
from the 29th district

Succeeded by
Abraham Gerges
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Rooney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Guy Molinari
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