PEARSON, Richmond, a Representative from North Carolina; born at Richmond Hill,
Yadkin County, N.C., January 26, 1852; attended Horners School, Oxford, N.C.,
and was graduated from Princeton College in 1872; studied law; was admitted to
the bar in 1874; in the same year was appointed United States consul to
Verviers and Liege, Belgium; resigned in 1877; member of the State house of
representatives 1884-1886; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and
Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899); successfully contested
the election of William T. Crawford to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from
May 10, 1900, to March 3, 1901; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as
United States consul to Genoa, Italy, December 11, 1901, as Envoy Extraordinary
and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia in 1902, and as Minister to Greece and
Montenegro in 1907; resigned from the diplomatic service in 1909; died at
Richmond Hill, Asheville, N.C., September 12, 1923; interment in Riverside
BibliographySteelman, Joseph F. Richmond Pearson, Roosevelt Republicans,
and the Campaign of 1912 in North Carolina.
North Carolina Historical Review 43 (Spring 1966): 122-39.