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Preceded by  Richard Warner
Role  Politician
Name  James Richardson
Succeeded by  William C. Houston
Political party  Democratic
Party  Democratic Party
Preceded by  Joseph Weldon Bailey
Education  Franklin College

James D. Richardson
Born  March 10, 1843 Rutherford County, Tennessee (1843-03-10)
Spouse(s)  Alabama Rebecca Pippen Richardson
Children  Annie Augusta Richardson Ida Lee Richardson James Daniel Richardson Allie Sue Richardson John Watkins Richardson
Alma mater  Franklin College, Tennessee
Died  July 24, 1914, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Books  The Messages and Papers of Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy

Battles and wars  American Civil War

James Daniel Richardson (March 10, 1843 – July 24, 1914) was an American politician and a Democrat from Tennessee for Tennessee's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1885 through 1905.


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Richardson was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, son of John Watkins and Augusta M. Starnes Richardson. He attended the country schools and Franklin College, near Nashville. He married Alabama Pippen on January 18, 1865, and they had five children, Annie Augusta, Ida Lee, James Daniel, Allie Sue, and John Watkins.


Before graduating from college, Richardson enlisted in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, and served nearly four years. The first year he was a private and the remaining three years as adjutant of the Forty-fifth Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice January 1, 1867, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, serving from 1871 to 1873, and then to the Tennessee Senate, serving from 1873 to 1875. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876, 1896, and 1900, and presided as permanent chairman at the 1900 convention.

Elected as a Democratic to the Forty-ninth and to the nine succeeding Congresses, Richardson served from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1905. He was among the earliest U.S. House Minority Leaders, holding that position from 1899 to 1903, during the 56th and 57th United States Congresses.

Pursuant to an act of Congress on August 20, 1894, Richardson was charged with compiling the "Messages and Papers of the Presidents," a multi-volume work including every single important document from the federal Government, from the early days of President Washington through the second administration of Grover Cleveland, plus some papers from the administration of William McKinley.


Richardson died on July 24, 1914 (age 71 years, 136 days) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery.


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