William Radford (politician)

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William Radford (June 24, 1814 – January 18, 1870) was a United States Representative from New York during the latter half of the American Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction.

Born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, he received a limited schooling, moved to New York City in 1829, and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1867. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1866 to the Fortieth Congress, after which he resumed his former business pursuits.

Radford died in Yonkers, Westchester County in 1870 and was buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Van Wyck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Succeeded by
William Radford