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Roswell Pettibone Flower (August 7, 1835 Theresamarker, Jefferson County, New Yorkmarker – May 12, 1899 Eastportmarker, Suffolk County, New Yorkmarker) was an American politician from New Yorkmarker. He was Governor of New York from 1892 to 1894.


He was a son of Nathan Monroe Flower and Mary Ann Flower, the sixth of nine children.

In 1853, he became Deputy Postmaster of Watertown, New Yorkmarker, at a salary of $600 a year, and after six years had saved $1,000 and opened with a partner a jewelry store. Two years later, he bought his partner out, and continued in this business until 1869.

In 1869, Henry Keep, a former President of the New York Central Railroad, was dying and asked Roswell Flower, whose wife was a sister of Keep's wife Emma, to manage the $4,000,000 estate for his widow. This brought him to New York Citymarker where he became known as a shrewd financial administrator, and opened the banking house of R. P. Flower & Co.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 47th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi P. Morton upon his appointment as Minister to France, and served from December 5, 1881, to March 3, 1883. He was also elected to the 51st and 52nd United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1889, to September 16, 1891, when he resigned upon his nomination for Governor.

He was Governor of New York from 1892 to 1894, elected in 1891, the last one to serve a three-year term.

He died of heart disease at the Country Clubhouse at Eastport, Long Islandmarker, where he spent the weekend fishing, as usual.


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