U.S. Legislative Branch -Richardson, William Alexander - U.S. Senator, IL

William Alexander Richardson:
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Born: January 16, 1811
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Birthplace: Lexington Kentucky
Father: James Richardson 1791 – 1816
Mother: Mary Robertson Edmonston 1788 – 1858
Wife: Cornelia Hemstead Sullivan 1821 – 1864
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois)
Children:

Helen Vanderburgh Richardson Dwight 1841 – 1902
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois)
George J. Richardson 1846 – 1876
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois)
William Alexander Richardson Jr. 1848 – 1927
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois)
John Sullivan Richardson 1853 – 1929
(Buried: Valleu Cemetery Ridgewood New Jersey)
Cornelia A. Richardson 1858 – 1863
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois)


Political Party: Democratic Party

Education:

Attended Centre College
Attended Transylvania University

Occupation before War:
Attorney in Shelbyville Illinois
1834 – 1835: Illinois State Attorney
1836 – 1838: Illinois State Representative
1838 – 1842: Illinois State Senator
1844 – 1846: Illinois State Representative
1844: Speaker of Illinois State House of Representatives
1844: Democratic Party Presidential Elector
Served in the Mexican – American War rising to rank of Major
1847 – 1856: United States Congressman from Illinois
1849 – 1861: Attorney in Quincy Illinois
1851 – 1855: Congressional Chairman of Territories Committee
1858: Governor of Nebraska Territory

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1863: United States Congressman from Illinois
1863 – 1865: United States Senator from Illinois
1863 – 1865: Member of Senate Committee on Territories
1863 – 1865: Missed 574 Votes in his entire Congressional Career
1864: Decided not to be a candidate for reelection as U.S. Senator

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1875: Newspaper Editor in Quincy Illinois


Died:
December 27, 1875
Place of Death: Quincy Illinois
Age at time of Death: 64 years old
Burial Place: Woodland Cemetery Quincy Illinois
 
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