Richard Thomas Walker Duke

Richard Thomas Walker Duke ( born June 6 1822 in Charlottesville, Virginia; † July 2, 1898 ) was an American politician. Between 1870 and 1873 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Duke first attended private schools and graduated from then until 1844 the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1850 was admitted as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. Between 1858 and 1869 he served as District Attorney in Albemarle County. During the Civil War he was a colonel of infantry in the Army of the Confederacy.

After the death of Mr Robert Ridgway Richard Duke was as a candidate of the Conservative Party in the overdue election for the fifth 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 8 November 1870. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1873 in Congress. In 1879 and 1880 he sat in the House of Representatives of Virginia. Richard Duke died on July 2, 1898 at his country estate Sunnyside near Charlottesville.