Ricord, Frederick William
- Harry Stein
Ricord, Frederick William (07 October 1819–12 August 1897), public official and educator, was born on the island of Guadaloupe, the son of Jean Baptiste Ricord, a physician, and Elizabeth Stryker, an educator and writer, and the brother of Philippe Ricord, the famous specialist on venereal diseases. Ricord’s grandfather, a Girondist, left France in 1794, migrated to Italy and Guadaloupe, and arrived in Baltimore in 1798. When Ricord’s father, who was educated in the United States and naturalized in 1810, died in 1827, the family moved to Woodbridge, New Jersey, a farming community near the small ports of Elizabeth and Perth Amboy. A year or two later, the Ricords moved to Geneva, New York, where Ricord’s mother operated a school for girls. At fourteen Ricord entered the school that became Hobart College and later transferred to Rutgers College. For unknown reasons, he did not finish his course and returned to Geneva, where he read law. He then settled in Newark, New Jersey, the home of his maternal grandparents. In 1843 he married Sophia Bradley, with whom he had four children....