US Congressman from New York. Known as R. Walter Riehlman, he was raised in Tully, graduated from Manlius Military Academy in 1919 and Central City Business School of Syracuse in 1921. Riehlman operated a general store and served as postmaster of Nedrow, New York, from 1921 to 1923. In 1923 he returned to Tully and became owner of a bakery. From 1933 to 1938 he was a member of the Tully Board of Education. He was elected to the Onondaga County Board of Supervisors in 1937 and served from 1938 to 1943. From 1943 to 1946 he was Onondaga County Clerk. Riehlman was also active in civic affairs and several local businesses, including serving on the advisory board of the Marine Midland Trust Company and the area board of directors of Virginia's Lynchburg College. In 1946 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Republican. He was reelected eight times and served from 1947 to 1965. In 1952 Riehlman was one of the Republicans who visited Dwight Eisenhower in Europe to ask him to consider running for President. Riehlman was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964. He then relocated to Ormond Beach, Florida and returned to the business world, serving as vice president of Lu-Mar Enterprises.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Lucia Sherwood Riehlman