Richard W. Guenther

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Richard William Guenther
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by Edward S. Bragg
Succeeded by Charles Barwig
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Gabriel Bouck
Succeeded by Charles B. Clark
Personal details
Born November 30, 1845
Potsdam, Prussia (now Germany)
Died April 5, 1913(1913-04-05) (aged 67)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Pharmacist

Richard William Guenther (November 30, 1845 – April 5, 1913) was a Prussian-born 19th century politician and pharmacist in Wisconsin.

Born in Potsdam, Province of Brandenburg, Guenther received a college education and graduated from the Royal Pharmacy in Potsdam. He immigrated to the United States in 1866, settling in New York City, New York. He moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1867 and engaged in the pharmaceutical business. He was Wisconsin State Treasurer from 1878 to 1882 and was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1880, serving from 1881 to 1889. He first represented Wisconsin's 6th congressional district (March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1887), however redistricted and represented Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district for the 50th United States Congress (March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889). He overall represented Wisconsin from the 47th to the 50th Congress.

Guenther was appointed consul general in Mexico City, Mexico by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890, serving until 1893, in Frankfurt, Germany by President William McKinley in 1898, serving until 1910, and to Cape Town, South Africa by President William Howard Taft in 1910, serving until his death in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on April 5, 1913. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh.

The Richard Guenther House in Oshkosh is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gabriel Bouck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Succeeded by
Charles B. Clark
Preceded by
Edward S. Bragg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
Charles Barwig