Richard Kidder Meade

Richard Kidder Meade ( born July 29, 1803 in Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, Virginia; † April 20, 1862 in Petersburg, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1847 and 1853 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Meade enjoyed an academic education. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in St. Petersburg in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1835 and 1838 he was a member of the Senate of Virginia.

After the death of MP George Dromgoole Meade was in the overdue election for the second seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on August 5, 1847. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1853 at the Congress. These were initially still affected by the events of the Mexican-American War. After that was discussed in Congress on the issue of slavery.

Between 27 July 1857 to the July 9, 1861 Richard Meade was the successor of William Trousdale American ambassador in Brazil. He then supported the Confederacy. He died on April 20, 1862 in Petersburg.