Frederick G. Niedringhaus

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Frederick G. Niedringhaus
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BornFrederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus
October 21, 1837
Lübbecke, Westphalia, North Germany
DiedNovember 25, 1922(1922-11-25) (aged 85)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
OccupationBusinessman, politician

Frederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus (October 21, 1837 – November 25, 1922) was a German-born American businessman and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Frederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus was born on October 21, 1837 in Lübbecke, Westphalia, North Germany. Niedringhaus attended the common schools there and learned the glazing, painting, and tinning trades. He emigrated to the United States in November 1855 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he and his brother, William F. Niedringhaus, started a tinware stamping company in the early 1860s.[1]


With his brother, Niedringhaus developed a process for creating a decorative mottled surface on enameled metal in the 1870s. This "graniteware" became popular, and they established an extensive business, which eventually moved to Granite City, Illinois. He also became interested in various other business enterprises in St. Louis.

Niedringhaus was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1890 and resumed his former business pursuits.

Personal life[edit]

Niedringhaus had a son, Thomas K. Niedringhaus,[2] and a nephew was Henry Frederick Niedringhaus.


He died in St. Louis, Missouri, November 25, 1922 and was interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery.


  1. ^ Iowa State Reporter, Waterloo, IA, January 30, 1890, p 3
  2. ^ Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL, October 27, 1924, p 1

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Frederick G. Niedringhaus (id: N000104)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Joseph O'Neill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Joseph O'Neill