Richard P. Bland

Richard Parks Bland (* August 19 1835 in Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky; † 15 July 1899, at Lebanon, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1895, and again from 1897 to 1899, he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Bland visited the Hartford Academy and was then trained as a teacher. In 1855 he moved to the Wayne County, Missouri and then California in the western part of Utah Territory, where in 1864 the state of Nevada was established. In the local cities Virginia City and Carson City, he worked as a teacher, and in mining. After a simultaneous study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to practice in Virginia City in this profession. Between 1860 and 1864 was Bland eunuchs in the now-defunct Carson County. In 1865 he returned to Missouri, where he worked as an attorney in Rolla. In August 1869 he moved his office and his residence to Lebanon.

Politically Bland was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1872 he was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Swinfin Burdett on March 4, 1873. After ten re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1895 eleven consecutive legislative periods. Between 1883 and 1893 he represented there as the successor of John Bullock Clark eleventh and since 1893 as the successor of John Joseph O'Neill the eighth district of his state. In the elections of 1894 Bland narrowly failed at the Republican Joel Douglas Hubbard. Two years later he was removed again and his mandate after a re-election in 1898 of 4 March 1897 to his death on June 15, 1899 Hubbard in Congress.

During his time in Congress was Richard Bland 1875-1877 Chairman of the Mining Committee. From 1883 to 1895 he headed the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures. In 1878, he brought along with the Republican deputies and later U.S. Senator William B. Allison of the Currency Law Bland- Allison Act in Congress, one that was in 1890 replaced by the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. In Bland's last time as congressman of the Spanish-American War of 1898 fell. At the Democratic National Convention in 1896, he received 296 votes for nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate. However, this was not enough to win the nomination itself. This was the first time to William Jennings Bryan, whose then unsuccessful presidential campaign Bland supported.

Who died on June 15, 1899 politician was married since 1873 with Virginia Mitchell, with whom he had six children. He was buried in Lebanon. In his honor, the city Bland was named after him.