John R. French

John Robert French ( born May 28, 1819 in Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire; † October 2, 1890 in Boise, Idaho ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1869 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John French received a good basic education in Gilmanton and Concord. He then completed an apprenticeship in the printing trade; then he went into the newspaper business. In the following years he gave in New Hampshire, Maine and Ohio out various newspapers. Since 1854, he lived in Lake County, Ohio. Politically, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In the years 1858 and 1859 French sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio.

In 1861, French was given a job in the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington. In 1864 he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln in the Tax Commission for the occupied state in the Civil War North Carolina. He then moved to Edenton. In 1867 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of North Carolina. After the re-registration with the Union French was elected in the first district in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he took up his new mandate on July 6, 1868. Since he did not run in the regular congressional elections of 1868, he was able to complete up to March 3, 1869 only the remainder of the current term in Congress. This was marked by the tension between his Republican Party and President Andrew Johnson.

From 1869 to 1879 John French exercised the honorary position of Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate in the U.S. Senate. In 1880 he was member of a commission that dealt with issues of the Ute Indians. As a result, he first lived in Washington and Omaha (Nebraska ) before he moved to Boise, where he edited a daily newspaper. He is also passed on 2 October 1890.