Albert Norton Richards

Albert Norton Richards, QC ( born December 8, 1821 in Brockville, Upper Canada, † March 6, 1897 in Victoria, British Columbia) was a Canadian politician. He was from 1872 to 1874 Member of the Liberal Party in the House of Commons, 1876-1881 Vice- Governor of the Province of British Columbia.


The younger brother of William Buell Richards, who later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848. In 1863 he was elected to the Parliament of the Province of Canada. The following year, the appointment followed the cabinet. In order to be able to serve at all, he had to stand for re-election and lost. In 1869, he was to take over the office of the Attorney General in the Northwest Territories, but was prevented from there on the way together with the nominee for Lieutenant Governor William McDougall of rebellious Métis from entering the Red River colony.

At the general election in 1872 Richards won the constituency Leeds South in the province of Ontario for the Liberal Party. In 1874, he did not present himself for re-election and moved to the province of British Columbia. In Victoria, he co-founded a law firm that exists in Vancouver under the name of Richards Buell Sutton and until today. Governor General Lord Dufferin sworn Richards on July 28, 1876 as the second Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He held until July 20, 1881 This representative office. He then resumed his activities as a lawyer.