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George Nelson Richmond (April 18, 1821 – January 4, 1896) was an American papermaker from Appleton, Wisconsin, who served as an office in the United States Army and as a Wisconsin state legislator.

Background

Born in Hillsdale, New York, Richmond was the son of Peleg Sisson Richmond and Margaret (Soule) Richmond. He received an academic education and went into the milling business in Sheffield, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Hillyer (1825–1905) on April 30, 1843. He came to Wisconsin in 1850, and settled in Milwaukee for a while before moving to Portage in 1851 where he served six years on the Portage Common Council and two years as mayor. During the American Civil War, Richmond served in the 2nd Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry as major and captain, participating in the captures of Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi and participating in several minor battles.

After the Civil War

In 1865, Richmond moved to Appleton. He was twice elected as a Liberal Democrat/Liberal Reform Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from Outagamie County for 1874, and for 1875; served three years as mayor of Appleton, and in 1877 was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate as a Democrat (the Reform Party was dissolving by that point), with 3,658 votes against 1,642 for Greenbacker J. L. Pringle.

He died January 4, 1896, in Tacoma, Washington and is buried in Tacoma Cemetery.

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