Richard H. Whiteley

Richard Henry Whiteley ( born December 22, 1830, County Kildare, Ireland; † 26 September1890 in Boulder, Colorado ) was an American politician. Between 1870 and 1875 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1836 Richard Whiteley came with his parents to the United States, where the family settled in the state of Georgia. There he received private education; after, he was active in the craft. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1860 admitted to the bar he began in Bainbridge to work in his new profession. In early 1861, Whiteley spoke out against the withdrawal of the State of Georgia from the Union. After this step yet taken place, he served in the army of the Confederate States, where he rose to the Major.

After the war he became a member of the Republican Party. In 1866 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the State of Georgia was anyway not permitted again. In 1867 he was a delegate at a meeting to revise the State Constitution. In 1870 he was elected to Georgia in the U.S. Senate. There he was not accredited, because he was elected to the began on March 4, 1865 term of office and Georgia at that time was not yet again a member of the Union.

After the Congress had chosen the Democratic candidate in 1868 Nelson Tift rejected, was Richard Whiteley as the candidate of his party in the second electoral district of Georgia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1875 Congress. In the congressional elections of 1874 Whiteley defeated Democrat William Ephraim Smith. In 1877, he moved to Boulder in the state of Colorado, where he worked as a lawyer. There he died on 26 September 1890.