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Roswell Pettibone Flower

In office
1892 – 1894
Lieutenant William F. Sheehan
Preceded by David B. Hill
Succeeded by Levi P. Morton

Born August 7, 1835(1835-08-07)
Theresa, New York
Died May 12, 1899 (aged 63)
Eastport, New York
Political party Democratic
Religion Presbyterian

Roswell Pettibone Flower (August 7, 1835 Theresa, Jefferson County, New York – May 12, 1899 Eastport, Suffolk County, New York) was an American politician from New York. 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 York, 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 City 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 Island, where he spent the weekend fishing, as usual.


Political offices
Preceded by
Levi P. Morton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

1881 - 1883
Succeeded by
Orlando B. Potter
Preceded by
William Bourke Cockran
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

1889 - 1891
Succeeded by
Joseph J. Little
Preceded by
David B. Hill
Governor of New York
1892 - 1894
Succeeded by
Levi P. Morton
Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry W. Sage
Chairman of Cornell Board of Trustees
Succeeded by
Frank H. Hiscock


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