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Richard King Mellon

Richard King Mellon, American banker. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal; recipient Andrew Heiskell Award for civic statesmanship, Action, Inc., 1963; annual citation Midwest Research Institute, 1964. Served as student pilot, A.C., 1918; Member board of trustees Carnigie Institute.


  • Mellon, Richard King was born on June 19, 1899 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard Beatty and Jennie Taylor (King) Mellon.

  • Education

    • Student Princeton University. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Waynesburg College, 1946, Washington and Jefferson College, 1947. Honorary S.P.D., St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1946.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University of Pittsburgh, 1948. Pennsylvania Military College, 1954. Doctor of Commercial Science (honorary) New York University School Commerce, 1950.

      E.D. (honorary), Duquesne U., 1953. Doctor of Science, Carnegie Institute Technology, 1956.


    • Began as messenger Mellon National Bank, 1920, assistant cashier, 1924-1928, vice president 1928-1934, president 1934-1946. Chairman of the Board Mellon National Bank & Trust Company, 1946-1966, honorary chairman of the board, 1967-1970. Governor and president, T. Mellon & Sons.

      Director Aluminum Company of America, General Motors Corporation, also director Gulf Oil Corporation.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Served as student pilot, A.C., 1918. Member board of trustees Carnigie Institute.


    • Married Constance Prosser, April 1936. Children: Richard, Cassandra, Constance, Seward.
    • father: Richard Beatty Mellon
    • mother: Jennie Taylor (King) Mellon
    • spouse: Constance Prosser
    • children: Richard Mellon
    • Cassandra Mellon
    • Constance Mellon
    • Seward Mellon
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    Died June 3, 1970
    (aged 70)