Albert G. Riddle

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Albert Gallatin Riddle
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by Edward Wade
Succeeded by James A. Garfield
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Geauga & Trumbull Counties district
In office
December 4, 1848 – December 1, 1850
Serving with Isaac Lee
John Hutchins
Preceded by Anson Matthews
Succeeded by M. C. Bradley
G. H. Kent
Personal details
Born May 28, 1816
Monson, Massachusetts
Died May 16, 1902(1902-05-16) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Rock Creek Park
Political party Republican

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

Early life

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.[citation needed]


Riddle 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Death and legacy

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

His papers are at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. They include the unpublished manuscript "Accounts of experiences in Cuba" (1862-1864).[citation needed]


  • Students and Lawyers, lectures (Washington, 1873)
  • Bart Ridgeley, a Story of Northern Ohio (Boston, 1873)
  • The Portrait, a Romance of Cuyahoga Valley (1874)
  • Alice Brand, a Tale of the Capitol (New York, 1875)
  • Life, Character, and Public Services of James A. Garfield (Cleveland, 1880)
  • The House of Ross (Boston, 1881)
  • Castle Gregory (Cleveland, 1882)
  • Hart and his Bear (Washington, 1883)
  • The Sugar-Makers of the West Woods (Cleveland, 1885)
  • The Hunter of the Chagrin (1882)
  • Mark Loan, a Tale of the Western Reserve (1883)
  • Old Newberry and the Pioneers (1884)
  • Speeches and Arguments (Washington, 1886)
  • Life of Benjamin F. Wade (Cleveland, 1886)
  • Recollections of War Times, 1860-65


  • Albert G. Riddle at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). [ "Riddle, Albert Gallatin" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Encyclopedia Americana.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). [ "Riddle, Albert Gallatin" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Wade
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Garfield