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GUENTHER, Richard William (1845-1913)

GUENTHER, RICHARD WILLIAM, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Potsdam, Prussia, on November 30, 1845; received a collegiate training and was graduated from the Royal Pharmacy in Potsdam; immigrated to the United States in July 1866 and settled in New York City; moved to Oshkosh, Wis., in 1867 and engaged in the drug business; State treasurer of Wisconsin 1878-1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1889); appointed by President Harrison consul general at Mexico City January 28, 1890, and served until May 21, 1893, when he resigned; appointed by President McKinley consul general at Frankfort on the Main, Germany, November 11, 1898, and served until July 21, 1910; appointed by President Taft consul general at Cape Town, Africa, May 4, 1910, and served until his death in Oshkosh, Wis., April 5, 1913; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Area Research Center
Oshkosh, WI
Papers: 1832-1962, 0.4 cubic foot, 1 reel of microfilm, 206 photographs and 2 pieces of ephemera.
Richard Guenther's papers consist of fragmentary political and diplomatic correspondence, speeches and remarks, biographical clippings, and memorabilia. Family material includes correspondence, clippings, and a journal of Alice Lillian Motz, Guenther's daughter, and her husband Eugen Motz, former Chilean vice-counsel to Mexico City. Of note are genealogical documents and a journal of uncertain authorship kept during the Mexican revolution, 1913-1915. There are isolated letters to Guenther from Susan B. Anthony, Benjamin Harrison, Jeremiah Rusk, Philetus Sawyer, and John Sherman and a letter from Guenther to his wife concerning a 1904 visit with Theodore Roosevelt. The photographs are individual and group portraits of family members and others (most unidentified) and informal photographs of activities, mainly in Mexico and Germany, dating approximately 1870-1912, in PH 3431 and PH 3431 (3); and in PH 3446, an album of snapshots, ca. 1899-1901, relating to the travels, social life, and diplomatic career of Guenther and his family. The album includes images from Germany, Switzerland, Latin America, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.