Richard M. Duncan

Richard Meloan Duncan ( born November 10, 1889 with Edgerton, Platte County, Missouri; † August 1, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1933 and 1943 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Duncan attended the public schools of his native land and from then until 1909, the Christian Brothers College in Saint Joseph. Between 1911 and 1917 he worked for the government in Buchanan County. After studying law and his 1916 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in this profession in Saint Joseph. Between 1926 and 1930 he was legal adviser to the local city council.

Politically, Duncan was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1932 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, was nominated on the Franklin D. Roosevelt as a presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1932, Duncan was in the third electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jacob L. Milligan on March 4, 1933. After four elections he could pass in Congress until January 3, 1943 five legislative sessions. There, until 1941 most of the New Deal legislation was passed. Since December 1941, the work of the U.S. House of Representatives was shaped by the events of World War II. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

In the 1942 elections Duncan was defeated by Republican William Clay Cole. Between 1943 and 1965 he worked as a federal judge on the United States District Court for Missouri; 1954 to 1959 he led the chairmanship of Chief Judge. He died on 1 August 1974 in Kansas City and was buried in Saint Joseph.