SCHELL, Richard (1810-1879)

SCHELL, RICHARD, a Representative from New York; born in Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck County, N.Y., May 15, 1810; completed preparatory studies; engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to New York City in 1830 and became a wholesale dry-goods merchant; member of the State senate in 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of David B. Mellish and served from December 7, 1874, to March 3, 1875; resumed mercantile pursuits; died in New York City, November 10, 1879; interment in the Old Dutch Cemetery, Rhinebeck, N.Y.

The Winterthur Library
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Winterthur, DE
Papers: ca. 1835-1839, 1 volume.
Contains daily entries for sales of textiles by Adee & Schell. Most entries are for large amounts of goods, and charged to companies, indicating that the firm was a wholesaler. Most pages not taken up with accounts contain childish drawings and scribbles in pencil and colored chalk. Breaks off abruptly on 24 August 1836 with an entry that has the marginal note "Transferred to Rich. Schell's Book." Balance of entries refer to financial affairs of Richard Schell.