Richard Fletcher (American politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Massachusetts's 1st district
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1839
|Preceded by||Abbott Lawrence|
|Succeeded by||Abbott Lawrence|
January 8, 1788|
June 21, 1869 81) (aged|
Richard Fletcher (January 8, 1788 – June 21, 1869) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. The brother of Governor Ryland Fletcher, he was born in Cavendish, Vermont on January 8, 1788. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806. He taught school in Salisbury, New Hampshire, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice there.
He moved to Boston in 1819 and was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1839). Fletcher was not a candidate for renomination to the Twenty-sixth Congress. He served as a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court 1848–1853, and died in Boston on June 21, 1869. His interment was in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
Fletcher was elected as the first president of the American Statistical Association, although by the ASA's own admission, he was "little more than a figurehead".
- United States Congress. "Richard Fletcher (id: F000203)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1837 — March 4, 1839
| Succeeded by|
|Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
| Succeeded by|