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Fred Richmond
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1975 – August 25, 1982
Preceded by John J. Rooney
Succeeded by Guy Molinari
Personal details
Born Frederick William Richmond
November 15, 1923(1923-11-15) (age 98)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic

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

Early life[]

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 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]

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

See also[]

  • List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
  • List of Jewish members of the United States Congress


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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
United States 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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