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Government official , Missionary , diplomatic agent

William Richards, American missionary, diplomatic agent, government official.

Background

Richards, William was born on August 22, 1793 in Plainfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James and Lydia (Shaw) Richards.

Education

Born in Wintonbury, Connecticut, Miller completed preparatory studies.

Career

Ordained missionary Congregational Church, 1822. Stationed at Lahaina, Main Island, Hawaii, 1822-1825. Served as preacher, teacher, physician, artisan.

Visited United States to rouse enthusiasm for world evangelization as agent Sandwich Islands Mission, 1837. Returned to Islands, 1838. Entered service of kings and chiefs as advisor, interpreter, chaplain, teacher.

Republican teachings influenced character of Hawaiian bill of rights, 1839, constitution of 1840, laws passed, 1838-1842. Sent on diplomatic mission to secure recognition of Hawaiian government by United States, Great Britain, France, also to negotiate more favorable treaties, 1842. President of the board commissioner to quit land titles, 1848.

1st minister public instruction, 1848. Author: Memoir of Keopuolani, Late Queen Sandwich Islands, 1825. Edited and translated Constitution and Laws of Hawaiian Islands, 1842.

Translated 13 books of Bible into Hawaiian.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Memoir of Keopuolani, Late Queen Sandwich Islands, 1825. Edited and translated Constitution and Laws of Hawaiian Islands, 1842. Translated 13 books of Bible into Hawaiian.

Membership

He served as member of the Board of Aldermen of New York City in 1845.

Connections

Married Clarissa Lyman, October 30, 1822, at least 6 children.

father:
James Richards

mother:
Lydia (Shaw) Richards

spouse:
Clarissa Lyman