Van Rensselaer Richmond

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Van Rensselaer Richmond (January 1812 in Preston, Chenango County, New York – November 20, 1883 in Lyons, Wayne County, New York) was an American civil engineer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Oliver Richmond (d. 1853). He was educated at the Oxford Academy, and in 1834 began work as a chainman at the construction of the Chenango Canal. In 1837 he married Anna A. Dennison (d. 1854), and they had four children.

In 1837, he was appointed Resident Engineer of the Erie Canal at Lyons, New York. In 1842, he was appointed Division Engineer of the Middle Division of the State Canals at Syracuse. In 1848, he resigned and began to work for the Oswego and Syracuse Railroad, but soon after returned to canal work as Chief Engineer of the construction of the canal from Jordan, New York to the Cayuga Marshes. In 1850 he left the canal works and became Division Engineer of the Rochester and Syracuse Railroad. In 1852, he was appointed again Division Engineer of the Middle Division of the State Canals by William J. McAlpine, was maintained in office by Whig State Engineer John T. Clark, but was removed in 1856 by the American Party majority of the Canal Board.

He was New York State Engineer and Surveyor from 1858 to 1861, and from 1868 to 1871, elected four times on the Democratic ticket.

He died from a "sudden stroke of apoplexy." on November 20, 1883 in Lyons, New York.[1]

His son Dennison Richmond (ca. 1842-1888) was also Division Engineer of the Middle Division.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. Van Rensselaer Richmond". New York Times. November 22, 1883. Retrieved 2012-10-10. "The Hon. Van Rensselaer Richmond died Tuesday night at his home in Lyons, N.Y." 
  2. ^ "Dennison Richmond, division engineer". New York Times. October 5, 1888. Retrieved 2012-10-10. "Dennison Richmond, division engineer of the Middle Division of the state canalas ..." 
  • [1] Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature in the State of New York in 1859 by Wm. D. Murphy (pages 29ff; C. Van Benthuysen, Albany NY, 1859)
Political offices
Preceded by
Silas Seymour
New York State Engineer and Surveyor
1858–1861
Succeeded by
William B. Taylor
Preceded by
J. Platt Goodsell
New York State Engineer and Surveyor
1868–1871
Succeeded by
William B. Taylor