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William Emanuel Richardson

congressman , lawyer

William E. Richardson, American ex-congressman. Served with Ambulance Americaine, Belgium and France, 1915; Member 73d and 74th Congresses (1933-1937), 14th Pennsylvania District; Member Committee Foreign Affairs, Council of Interparliamentary Union.

Background

Richardson, William E. was born on September 3, 1886 in Exeter Tp., Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles M. and Elizabeth (Snyder) Richardson.

Education

He graduated from Princeton University in 1910, and from the law department of Columbia University in New York City in 1913.

Career

He was admitted to the bar in 1913 and commenced practice in Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1914, he served with Ambulance Americaine, in Belgium and France in 1915, and with Squadron A, New York Cavalry, on the Mexico–United States border in 1916. During the First World War he was commissioned a second lieutenant on August 15, 1917, and served with the Eightieth Cavalry Division, United States Army, and later with the Seventh Machine Gun Battalion, Third Division, and was discharged a first lieutenant on September 15, 1919. After the war resumed the practice of law in Reading.

Richardson was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936. He attended the Interparliamentary Union Conference in Budapest, Hungary, in 1936. He died in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, with interment in Schwartzwald Cemetery in Jacksonwald, Pennsylvania.

Politics

Richardson was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936.

Connections

Married Mary Eckert Potts, February 24, 1926.

father:
Charles M. Richardson

mother:
Elizabeth (Snyder) Richardson

Wife:
Mary Eckert Potts