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William Emanuel RICHARDSON

(1886-1948)

RICHARDSON, William Emanuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born on a farm (the old Daniel Boone homestead) near Stonersville, in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pa., on September 3, 1886; moved to Bernville, Berks County, Pa., with his parents at an early age, where he attended the public schools; was graduated from Princeton University in 1910, and from the law department of Columbia University, New York City, in 1913; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Reading, Pa., in 1914; served with Ambulance Americaine, in Belgium and France in 1915, and with Squadron A, New York Cavalry, on the Mexican border in 1916; during the First World War 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, Pa.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1936; attended the Interparliamentary Union Conference in Budapest, Hungary, in 1936; again practiced law in Reading, Pa.; died in Wyomissing, Pa., November 3, 1948; interment in Schwartzwald Cemetery, Jacksonwald, Pa.

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

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