Carl West Rich
Carl West Rich 88th Congress 1963.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's first district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byGordon H. Scherer
Succeeded byJohn J. Gilligan
Mayor of Cincinnati
In office
Preceded byJames G. Stewart
Succeeded byAlbert D. Cash
Mayor of Cincinnati
In office
Succeeded byEdward N. Waldvogel
Mayor of Cincinnati
In office
Preceded byDorothy N. Dolbey
Succeeded byCharles Phelps Taft II
Personal details
Born(1898-09-12)September 12, 1898
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 1972(1972-06-26) (aged 73)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeSpring Grove Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati College of Law

Carl West Rich (September 12, 1898 – June 26, 1972) was an American politician who served as Mayor of Cincinnati, three times from 1947-1948, 1951-1953, and 1955-1957 and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. He is the only Mayor of Cincinnati to go back to office two times.

Life and career

Rich was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Walnut Hills High School, the University of Cincinnati College of Liberal Arts, A.B., in 1922, and from the college of law of the same university, LL.B., in 1924. He was admitted to the bar in 1924 and commenced the practice of law in Cincinnati. He was an instructor on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, and an assistant city solicitor and assistant prosecutor of Cincinnati from 1925-1929. He served three terms as prosecuting attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio, from 1938 to 1947. He served nine years in the city council of Cincinnati and served as mayor for three terms, from 1947 to 1956. He was judge of the Common Pleas Court of Hamilton County, and president and chairman of the board of the Cincinnati Royals Professional Basketball Team.

Rich was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress. He resumed the practice of law and died in Cincinnati on June 26, 1972. He is interred in Spring Grove Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Carl West Rich (id: R000206)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • "Carl West Rich". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010.