De Forest Richards Edit Profile
Graduate Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N.H., 1863. Attended Phillips Andover Academy, 1863-1864.
He was the fifth Governor of the state of Wyoming, and the first to die while still in office. Richards became involved in the post-Civil War Reconstruction, moving to Alabama in the mid-to-late 1860s. He served as sheriff and treasurer of Wilcox County, and ran a tannery.
During his time in Alabama, Richards was often derided as a "carpetbagger". After the failure of his tannery, he moved to Chadron, Nebraska, where he similarly acted as county treasurer. Following his experiences in Chadron, Richards moved to Douglas, Wyoming, where he set up the mercantile firm Richards and Lidell.
He also helped found the First National Bank of Douglas, of which he was the first President. In 1898 he ran as the Republican candidate for state Governor, and defeated Democratic candidate Horace C. Alger by 1,394 votes. He ran for a second term in 1902, defeating George T. Beck by the largest margin seen since the Territory joined the Union in 1890.
However, the victory was short-lived: Richards died on April 28, 1903, just four months into his second term. He died on April 28, 1903, while in office. His body is interred at Lakeview Cemetery, in Cheyenne.
Member Alabama legislature, 1868. Member Wyoming Constitutional Convention, 1890.
Married Elise J. Ingersoll, June 1, 1871.