Richard Stanford (politician)

Richard Stanford (* March 2, 1767 in Vienna, Dorchester County, Maryland, † April 9, 1816 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1797 and 1816 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Stanford was the grandfather of U.S. Senator William R. Webb (1842-1926) from Tennessee. He attended the schools of his home and moved around the year 1793 Hawfields in North Carolina, where he founded a school. End of the 1790s he became a member of the later founded by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1796, he was elected in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of William Francis Strudwick on March 4, 1797. After nine elections he could remain until his death on April 9, 1816 in Congress. Between 1813 and 1815 he was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business. Since 1799, he acted as successor by Archibald Henderson the eighth district of his state.

While Stanford's time in Congress was in 1800, the new federal capital, Washington DC related. In 1803 the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged by the Louisiana Purchase. 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, by the election procedure of the President and Vice President were revised. Between 1812 and 1815, the work of the Congress was determined by the events of British - American War.