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Richard Kidder MEADE

(1803-1862)

MEADE, Richard Kidder, a Representative from Virginia; born near Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, Va., July 29, 1803; pursued an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va.; served in the State senate 1835-1838; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George C. Dromgoole; reelected to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses and served from August 5, 1847, to March 3, 1853; appointed by President Buchanan as Minister to Brazil and served from July 27, 1857, to July 9, 1861; returned to Virginia and devoted himself to the cause of the Confederacy; died in Petersburg, Va., April 20, 1862; interment in Old Blandford Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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