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Richard Platt Herrick
was a U.S. Representative
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...
from New York
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Born in Greenbush (now Rensselaer), Rensselaer County, New York
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, Herrick served as member of the State assembly in 1839.
Herrick was elected as a Whig
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to the Twenty-ninth
-House of Representatives:During this congress, two House seats were added for each of the new states of Texas and Iowa.-Leadership:-Senate:* President: George M. Dallas * President pro tempore: Willie P. Mangum...
Congress and served from March 4, 1845, until his death in Washington, D.C.
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, June 20, 1846.
He was interred in Greenbush Cemetery, Greenbush (now Rensselaer), New York.