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Richard Joseph Welch (February 13, 1869 - September 10, 1949) was a U.S. Representative from Californiamarker.

Born in Monroe County, New Yorkmarker, Welch was educated in the public schools.He moved to California in early boyhood and settled in San Francisco.He served in the State senate 1901-1913.Harbor master for the port of San Francisco 1903-1907.Supervisor of the city and county of San Francisco from 1916 until September 30, 1926, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.

Welch was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lawrence J. Flaherty.He was reelected to the Seventieth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from August 31, 1926, until his death in a hospital in Needles, Californiamarker, September 10, 1949.He served as chairman of the Committee on Labor (Seventy-first Congress), Committee on Public Lands (Eightieth Congress).He is interred at Holy Cross Cemeterymarker in Colma, Californiamarker.

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