RICHARD, Gabriel, a Delegate from Michigan Territory; born in La Ville de Saintes, France, October
15, 1767; pursued classical studies; studied theology in the seminary of Augers, France, and in Paris,
and was ordained as a priest on October 15, 1790; immigrated to the United States in 1792 and
settled in Baltimore, Md.; professor of mathematics in St. Marys College, Maryland; sent by Bishop
Carroll as a missionary to the Indians in the Northwest Territory and was stationed in what is now
Kaskaskia, Ill., and later as a missionary in Detroit, Mich.; published a periodical in the French
language entitled Essais du Michigan; was elected to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4,
1823-March 3, 1825); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress;
returned to Detroit and officiated as grand vicar; died in Detroit, Mich., September 13, 1832;
interment in the cemetery of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Anne.
BibliographyPargellis, Stanley McCrory. Father Gabriel
Richard. (Cass Lectureship Series, 1948). Detroit: Wayne University Press, 1950.