James A. D. Richards

James Alexander Dudley Richards ( born March 22, 1845 in Boston, Massachusetts, † December 4, 1911 in New Philadelphia, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1895 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Richards grew up in Boston and New York City, where he attended the public schools. In 1861 he moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio. After a subsequent law degree in 1867 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started to work there in his new profession. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1892 Richards was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Albert J. Pearson on March 4, 1893. Since he has not been confirmed in 1894, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1895. During this time he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Post Ministry.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Richards practiced law, first in Washington and then again in New Philadelphia, where he died on 4 December 1911.