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Richard William Guenther (November 30, 1845April 5, 1913) was a Prussianmarker-born 19th century politician and pharmacist in Wisconsinmarker.

Born in Potsdammarker, Province of Brandenburg, Guenther received a college education and graduated from the Royal Pharmacy in Potsdam. He immigrated to the United Statesmarker in 1866, settling in New York City, New Yorkmarker. He moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsinmarker, in 1867 and engaged in the pharmaceutical business. He was Wisconsin State Treasurer from 1878 to 1882 and was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1880, serving from 1881 to 1889. Guenther was appointed consul general in Mexico City, Mexicomarker by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890, serving until 1893, in Main, Germanymarker by President William McKinley in 1898, serving until 1910, and to Cape Town, South Africamarker by President William Howard Taft in 1910, serving until his death in Oshkosh, Wisconsinmarker on April 5, 1913. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh.

The Richard Guenther Housemarker in Oshkosh is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


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