R. Walter Riehlman

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R. Walter Riehlman, Congressman from New York

Roy Walter Riehlman (August 26, 1899 – July 16, 1978) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Early life[edit]

Marshall Space Flight Center Director Wernher von Braun (left) and Riehlman discuss Apollo models.

R. Walter Riehlman was born in Otisco, New York on August 26, 1899. He was raised in Tully, graduated from Manlius Military Academy in 1919 and Central City Business School of Syracuse in 1921.[1]

Start of career[edit]

Riehlman operated a general store and served as Postmaster of Nedrow from 1921 to 1923. In 1923 he returned to Tully and became owner a commercial baking company, Tully Bakery.[2]

From 1933 to 1938, Riehlman was a member of the Tully Board of Education. In 1934 he was elected Chairman of Tully's Republican Committee. He was elected to the Onondaga County Board of Supervisors in 1937 and served from 1938 to 1943. From 1943 to 1946 he was Onondaga County Clerk.

Riehlman was also active in civic affairs and several local businesses, including serving on the advisory board of the Marine Midland Trust Company and the area board of directors of Virginia's Lynchburg College.

Congressional career[edit]

Riehlman and other House Committee on Science members visit Marshall Space Flight Center on March 9, 1962 to gather information on nation's space program.

In 1946 he was elected to Congress as a Republican. He was reelected eight times and served from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1965, the 80th through 88th Congresses. In 1952 Riehlman was one of the Republicans who visited Dwight D. Eisenhower, then commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to ask him to consider running for President. As a senior member of the Committee on Science and Technology, he was an advocate of the U.S. space program.

Post-Congressional career[edit]

Riehlman was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964, losing his seat in that year's Johnson Landslide. He then relocated to Ormond Beach, Florida and returned to the business world, serving as vice president of Lu-Mar Enterprises, a company which owned restaurants and owned and developed commercial real estate.

Death and burial[edit]

He died in Ormond Beach on July 16, 1978.[3] Riehlman was buried at Tully Cemetery in Tully.


  1. ^ Larkin, Roosevelt & Larkin, Who's Who in the East, Volume 8, 1961, page 757
  2. ^ Luther F. Bliven, Syracuse Post-Standard, R. Walter Riehlman, Ex-Congressman, Dies, July 17, 1978
  3. ^ Associated Press, Ocala Star-Banner, Former N.Y. Rep. Riehlman Dead, July 17, 1978

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clarence E. Hancock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Taber
Preceded by
William R. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 35th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel S. Stratton
Preceded by
Alexander Pirnie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
James M. Hanley