Richard M. Bishop
Richard Moore Bishop ( * November 4, 1812 in Fleming County, Kentucky; † 2 March 1893, in Jacksonville, Florida ) was an American politician and from 1878 to 1880 the 34th Governor of the state of Ohio.
Richard Bishop attended the local schools of his native Kentucky in. After that he worked as a store clerk. After four years he was a partner in the store. Between 1838 and 1841 he was involved with his brother on a pig trade. They exported pigs in the south. The business ended with a bankruptcy, when prices plummeted and the banks could no longer pay at the state of Mississippi. Nevertheless, the two brothers remained together for business. This partnership was only resolved when Richard moved to Cincinnati in 1848. There, Richard Bishop founded his own trading company, after a few years was the annual turnover at around five million dollars.
Bishops political career began in 1857 in Cincinnati. In that year he was elected to the city council. Between 1859 and 1861 he was mayor of that city. Then he withdrew temporarily from public life. In 1873 he was member of a commission to revise the Constitution of Ohio. In 1877 he was elected as a candidate of the Democratic Party as the new governor of his state, he said 48.9 percent of the vote against Republican William H. West prevailed ( 44.9 percent).
Bishop took office on 14 January 1878. In his two-year tenure of the penal system was reformed and regrouped the welfare institutions. Other legislation has been revised. Otherwise, his term was uneventful.
After the end of his tenure, Bishop withdrew from politics. He devoted himself to continue his private shops and died 1893. Bishop Richard was married and had three children