John Treadway Rich

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John T. Rich
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23rd Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1893 – January 1, 1897
LieutenantJ. Wight Giddings
Alfred Milnes
Joseph R. McLaughlin
Preceded byEdwin B. Winans
Succeeded byHazen S. Pingree
28th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
GovernorCharles Croswell
Preceded byJohn P. Hoyt
Succeeded bySeth C. Moffatt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th district
In office
April 5, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byOmar D. Conger
Succeeded byEzra C. Carleton
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Lapeer County district
In office
Preceded byHorace D. Rood
Succeeded byGeorge Davenport
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 1, 1881 – March 21, 1881
Preceded byJoseph B. Moore
Succeeded byWilliam W. Andrus
24th Michigan State Treasurer
In office
GovernorFred M. Warner
Preceded byFrank P. Glazier
Succeeded byAlbert E. Sleeper
Personal details
John Treadway Rich

(1841-04-23)April 23, 1841
Conneautville, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 28, 1926(1926-03-28) (aged 84)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Resting placeMt. Hope Cemetery, Lapeer, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
RelationsCharles Rich (grandfather)

John Treadway Rich (April 23, 1841 – March 28, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from and the 23rd Governor of the US state of Michigan.

Early life in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Michigan[edit]

Rich was born in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, the son of John W. Rich and Jerusha Treadway Rich. John Treadway Rich's middle name is mistakenly given as "Tyler", perhaps because he was born just nineteen days after John Tyler became U.S. President upon the death of William Henry Harrison. In 1846, he moved with his parents to Addison County, Vermont, and two years later they moved to Elba Township, Michigan. He attended the public schools and engaged in agricultural pursuits. On March 12, 1863, he married Lucretia M. Winship.


Rich was a member and chairman of the board of supervisors of Lapeer County, 1869–1872. He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 1873–1881, and served as speaker of the house during the last two terms. He was also a delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1873, 1875, and 1878.

Rich served in the Michigan Senate from January 1, 1881, until March 21, 1881, when he resigned, having been elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 47th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Omar D. Conger, serving from April 5, 1881, to March 4, 1883. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the 48th Congress. He later served as State Railroad Commissioner, 1887–1891, and a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 to elect James G. Blaine and 1892 to re-elect Benjamin Harrison as U.S. President, both of whom lost to Democrat Grover Cleveland.

Rich served as Governor of Michigan from 1893 to 1897. During his four years in office, a railroad strike, as well as an iron mine strike occurred. Also, three members of the State Canvassing Board were fired for falsifying returns on a salary raise vote for state officeholders.

After leaving office, he served as United States collector of customs at Detroit from February 16, 1898, to January 30, 1906. He was elected State Treasurer of Michigan to fill a vacancy and served from January 23, 1908, to January 1, 1909. He was then collector of customs at Port Huron from December 11, 1908, to May 30, 1913.


Rich died in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is interred at Mount Hope Cemetery of Lapeer, Michigan.


  • "s.v. Hon. John T. Rich". Portrait and biographical record of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola counties, Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. 2005 [1892]. pp. 215–216. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Omar D. Conger
United States Representative for the 7th Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Ezra C. Carleton
Political offices
Preceded by
Edwin B. Winans
Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Hazen S. Pingree
Preceded by
Frank P. Glazier
Treasurer of Michigan
Succeeded by
Albert E. Sleeper