Photograph of Schell by Rockwood
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 9th district
December 7, 1874 – March 3, 1875
|Preceded by||David B. Mellish|
|Succeeded by||Fernando Wood|
|Member of the New York State Senate|
January 1, 1858 – December 31, 1859
|Preceded by||Erastus Brooks|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin F. Manierre|
|Born||May 15, 1810|
Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 10, 1879 (aged 69)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Helen Lott Jerome|
|Relations||Augustus Schell (brother)|
Edward Schell (brother)
Leonard Jerome (brother-in-law)
Richard Schell (May 15, 1810 – November 10, 1879) was an American politician who represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1874 to 1875.
Schell was born in Rhinebeck, New York on May 15, 1810. He was the son of Christian Schell (1779–1825), a merchant, and Elizabeth (née Hughes) Schell (1783–1866). He was the brother of Augustus Schell (1812–1884), Robert Schell (1815–1900), and Edward Schell (1819–1893), who were well-known business men of New York City.
His paternal grandparents were Richard Schell and Anna (née Schultz) Schell.
He completed preparatory studies and engaged in mercantile pursuits before he moved to New York City in 1830 and became a wholesale dry-goods merchant. Schell was also an agent and lobbyist for Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Schell was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of David B. Mellish and served from December 7, 1874, to March 3, 1875. After leaving Congress, he resumed mercantile pursuits.
Schell was married to Helen Lott Jerome (1820–1890), the daughter of Aurora Murray (1785–1867) and Isaac Jerome (1786–1866). She was also the sister of Leonard Jerome, the prominent financier, and the aunt of Jennie Jerome, an American who later became Lady Randolph Churchill when she married Lord Randolph Churchill, the parents of U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
In popular culture
In the 2012 film Lincoln, the character of Richard Schell was portrayed by actor Tim Blake Nelson. He was shown lobbying for votes from Democratic House members to obtain passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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- Patricia Allan Lucie, Freedom and Federalism: Congress and Courts, 1861-1866, 1986, page 118
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- Richard Schell at Find a Grave
|New York State Senate|
| New York State Senate
Benjamin F. Manierre
|U.S. House of Representatives|
David B. Mellish
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district