Fred Richmond

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Fred Richmond
Fred Richmond.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – August 25, 1982
Preceded byJohn J. Rooney
Succeeded byGuy V. Molinari
Personal details
BornFrederick William Richmond
(1923-11-15) November 15, 1923 (age 95)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materBoston University

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


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. As part of a plea bargain he was forced to resign from office. This was not Richmond's first brush with the law. Despite the seriousness of this crime Richmond referred to it as "an isolated incident" in his next re-election campaign. Soon after he was returned to Congress by a large majority of his constituents.

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[edit]


  1. ^ Malakoff, David (1994). "Final Harvest". Community Greening Review: 1–2.
  2. ^

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonard Scholnick
New York City Council, 18th District
Succeeded by
Morton Povman
Preceded by
Mario Merola
New York City Council, 29th District
Succeeded by
Abraham Gerges
U.S. 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 V. Molinari