Joseph RICHARDSON, Congress, MA (1778-1871)


RICHARDSON, Joseph, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Billerica, Mass., February 1, 1778; attended public and private schools; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1802; teacher in Charlestown 1804-1806; studied theology; was ordained a minister and assigned to the first parish of the Unitarian Church in Hingham July 2, 1806; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1820; member of the state house of representatives in 1821 and 1822; served in the state senate in 1823, 1824, and 1826; elected as an Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress; resumed his ministerial duties; died in Hingham, Plymouth County, Mass., on September 25, 1871; interment in Old Ship Cemetery.

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