Richard S. Canby

Richard Sprigg Canby ( born September 30, 1808 in Lebanon, Ohio; † July 27, 1895 in Olney, Illinois ) was an American politician. Between 1847 and 1849 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Canby attended preparatory schools and then studied 1826-1828 at Miami University in Oxford. Subsequently he was engaged in the trade. After studying law and his 1840 was admitted to the bar he began in Bellefontaine to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. In the years 1845 and 1846 was Canby deputy in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In the congressional elections of 1846 he was in the fourth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph Vance on March 4, 1847. Until March 3, 1849, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was initially still affected by the events of the Mexican-American War.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Richard Canby worked in agriculture. In 1856 he joined the Republican Party. Since 1863 he lived in Olney (Illinois), where he practiced as a lawyer again. In 1867 he was elected judge in the second judicial district of Illinois. A post he held for several years. He then worked again as a lawyer. In 1882, he withdrew into retirement. He died on July 27, 1895 in Olney, where he was also buried.