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Richard W. Blue
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded by William A. Harris
Succeeded by Jeremiah D. Botkin
Member of the Kansas Senate

In office
Personal details
Born (1841-09-08)September 8, 1841
near Parkersburg, Virginia
Died January 28, 1907(1907-01-28) (aged 65)
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Alma mater Monongalia Academy
Washington College

Richard Whiting Blue (September 8, 1841 – January 28, 1907) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.

Born near Parkersburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), Blue worked on a farm in the summertime and studied in the select schools of that locality during the winter season. He attended Monongalia Academy, Morgantown, Virginia, in 1859 and Washington (Pennsylvania) College until his enlistment, on June 29, 1863, as a private in Company A, Third Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War. He became second and then first lieutenant of the company. Honorably discharged May 22, 1866, at Leavenworth, Kansas, when he returned to Grafton, W.Virginia. He taught school. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in Virginia, and commenced practice in Linn County, Kansas, in 1871. Probate judge of Linn County 1872-1876. County attorney 1876-1880. He served as member of the State senate 1880-1888.

Blue was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress. He engaged in the practice of law until his death in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, January 28, 1907. He was interred in Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, Kansas.

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  • Richard W. Blue at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
Jeremiah D. Botkin

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