Albert Gallatin Riddle (1816 - 1902)

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Birthplace: Monson, MA
Death: Died in Washington, DC
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About Albert Gallatin Riddle

Albert Gallatin Riddle (May 28, 1816 – May 16, 1902) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Monson, Massachusetts, Riddle moved with his parents to Newbury, in the Western Reserve of Ohio, in 1817. He completed preparatory studies, and then studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and began practice in Geauga County, serving as prosecuting attorney of that county 1840-1846. He served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives 1848-1850, and in 1848 called the first Free Soil convention in Ohio.

Riddle moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1850. He was elected prosecuting attorney in 1856, and in 1859 he defended the Oberlin slave rescuers. He served as a Republican in the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863), making speeches in favor of arming slaves, the first on this subject that were delivered in Congress, and others on emancipation in the District of Columbia and in vindication of President Lincoln. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1862.

After his term in Congress, Riddle served as consul at Matanzas, Cuba, in 1863 and 1864. He then returned to Washington, D.C., and again engaged in the practice of law. He was retained by the State Department to aid in the prosecution of John H. Surratt as one of the accomplices in the murder of President Abraham Lincoln. He also served as law officer of the District of Columbia 1877-1889. He was in charge of the law department at Howard University for several years after its establishment.

Riddle died in Washington, D.C., May 16, 1902. He was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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Albert G. Riddle, US Congress, Consul's Timeline

May 26, 1816
Monson, MA
January 23, 1845
Age 28
Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States
November 9, 1845
Age 29
Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States
September 17, 1847
Age 31
Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States
January 22, 1850
Age 33
Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States
August 22, 1852
Age 36
Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States
October 1, 1854
Age 38
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
May 2, 1858
Age 41
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
December 3, 1860
Age 44
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
May 15, 1902
Age 85
Washington, DC