Richard Fletcher Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth, 1806. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Brown U., 1846, Harvard, 1849.
He taught school in Salisbury, New Hampshire, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice there. He moved to Boston in 1819 and was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1839). Fletcher was not a candidate for renomination to the Twenty-sixth Congress.
He served as a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court 1848–1853, and died in Boston on June 21, 1869. His interment was in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Fletcher was elected to be the first president of the American Statistical Association, although by the ASA's own admission, he was "little more than a figurehead".
Member United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 25th Congress, 1837-1839.