RICHARDSON, George Frederick, (1850 - 1923)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

RICHARDSON, George Frederick, a Representative from Michigan; born in Jamestown, Ottawa County, Mich., July 1, 1850; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural and mercantile pursuits; elected township clerk eight years in succession; member of the State house of representatives 1885-1887, 1891, and 1892, and served as speaker in the two last-named years; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1893; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894; operated a dairy farm in Grand Rapids; moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1904 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and in the transfer, livery, and fuel business; was twice elected mayor of Kennewick and also served as chairman of the school board; moved to Ellensburg, Wash., and in 1916 engaged in agricultural pursuits; retired to private life in 1919 and made his home in Bellevue, Wash., where he died on March 1, 1923; interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ellensburg, Wash.