James Daniel RICHARDSON, Congress, TN (1843-1914)


RICHARDSON, James Daniel, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Rutherford County, Tenn., March 10, 1843; attended the country schools and Franklin College, near Nashville; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army before graduating from college and served nearly four years, the first year as 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, Tenn.; member of the State house of representatives, 1871-1873; served in the State senate, 1873-1875; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876, 1896, and 1900; presided as permanent chairman at the last-named convention; chairman of the Democratic congressional committee in 1900; editor and compiler of the Government publication entitled “Messages and Papers of the Presidents”; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1905); minority leader (Fifty-seventh Congress); died in Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 24, 1914; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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