Blatchford, Richard Milford
- Craig Hanyan
Blatchford, Richard Milford (23 April 1798–04 September 1875), banking and trust lawyer and politician, was born in Stratford, Connecticut, the son of Samuel Blatchford and Alicia Windeatt, a couple who had come from England in the summer of 1795. His father, a Presbyterian minister, subsequently was in charge of the Lansingburgh Academy and a church at Waterford, New York, and became the first president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1824, officiating there until his death in 1828. The ninth of seventeen children, Richard received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in 1815 and then moved to New York City, where a brother, also a Union graduate, had won appointment as resident physician of the Greenwich Prison. While studying law, Blatchford served briefly as a fireman in 1817, and taught school in Jamaica, Long Island. In 1819 he married Julia Ann Mumford, daughter of John P. Mumford of New York City, a merchant who had increasingly concentrated on the development of insurance companies. Julia Blatchford died in 1857. Four of their five children survived to adulthood, and their one son, ...