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John Peter RICHARDSON

(1801-1864)

RICHARDSON, John Peter, a Representative from South Carolina; born at Hickory Hill, S.C., April 14, 1801; was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fulton, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives, 1825-1833; judge of the circuit court; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard I. Manning; reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from December 19, 1836, to March 3, 1839; Governor of South Carolina 1840-1842; died in Fulton (later Pinewood), Sumter County, S.C., January 24, 1864.

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

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