|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
|Preceded by||Alfred Edgerton|
|Succeeded by||James Mitchell Ashley|
|6th Mayor of Toledo, Ohio|
|Preceded by||George B. Way|
|Succeeded by||Emery D. Potter|
July 21, 1804|
Mamaroneck, New York
|Died||January 22, 1888
|Resting place||Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York|
|Political party||Opposition, Republican|
Born to Quaker parents in Mamaroneck, New York, Mott attended a Quaker boarding school and seminary in Dutchess County, New York. In 1815, he moved with his parents to New York City, in 1818 became a clerk in a store, and in 1824 engaged in banking. He moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1836 and engaged in the real estate business and other enterprises. He assisted in building the first railroad west of Utica, from Toledo to Adrian, and served as mayor of Toledo in 1845 and 1846.
Mott was a Democrat in politics until 1848, when he entered actively into the antislavery movement. He was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1859). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858. He returned to Toledo, and engaged in banking and the real estate business. He served as chairman of the citizens' military committee during the Civil War. Mott was also an advocate of woman suffrage.
He died in Toledo on January 22, 1888. He was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York.
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (April 2013)|
- Richard Mott at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Mott, Richard". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.