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Richard Edward Connell, Sr. (November 6, 1857October 30, 1912) was a United States Representative from New Yorkmarker.

Born in Poughkeepsiemarker, Dutchess Countymarker, N.Y., attended St. Peter’s Parochial School and the public schools of Poughkeepsie; reporter and editor on the Poughkeepsie News-Press (1887 - 1910); police commissioner of Poughkeepsie in 1892; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress in 1896; unsuccessful candidate for member of the State assembly in 1898 and 1900; inheritance tax appraiser 1907 - 1909; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1900 and 1904; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1911, until his death; had been nominated in 1912 as the Democratic candidate for reelection to the Sixty-third Congress; died in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

He was also the father of author and journalist Richard Connell (1893 - 1949) best known for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game."

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