Edmund Platt

Edmund Platt (February 2, 1865 - August 7, 1939) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Poughkeepsie, he attended a private school and Riverview Academy. He graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie and learned the printer's trade. He graduated from Harvard University in 1888 and taught school and studied law. He moved to Wisconsin and edited the "Superior Evening Telegram" in 1890 and 1891. He returned to Poughkeepsie in 1891 and engaged in editing and publishing the "Poughkeepsie Eagle"; he 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; he died in Chazy while on a visit in 1939; interment was in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.



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