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James Alexander Dudley RICHARDS

(1845-1911)

RICHARDS, James Alexander Dudley, a Representative from Ohio; born in Boston, Mass., March 22, 1845; spent his early life in Boston and New York City, where he received a common-school education; moved to New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1861; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in New Philadelphia; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Fifty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and subsequently returned to New Philadelphia, Ohio, and continued the practice of his profession; died in New Philadelphia, on December 4, 1911; interment in the East Fair Street Cemetery.

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

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