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Edmund Platt

congressman , vice-governor

US Congressman. Elected to represent New York's 26th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1913 to 1920.


PLATT, Edmund was born on February 2, 1865 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Son of John I. and Susan Frances (Sherwood) Platt.


Attended a private school in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie and learned the printer's trade. Then graduated from Harvard University in 1888, taught in school and studied law.


He moved to Wisconsin and edited the Superior Evening Telegram in 1890 and 1891. In 1891 he engaged in editing and publishing the Poughkeepsie Eagle; was also a member of the board of water commissioners of Poughkeepsie. Platt was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and held office from March 4, 1913 to June 7, 1920, when he resigned to accept appointment by President Woodrow Wilson to the Federal Reserve Board. While in the House of Representatives, he was chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-sixth Congress). Platt became vice governor of the Federal Reserve Board in August 1920 and served until 1930 when he resigned. He returned to Poughkeepsie and engaged in an extensive banking business.


  • Republican Party (United States) , United States


Spouse Adele Innis, June 23, 1892, Poughkeepsie, N.