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Richardson, William Adams

Born November 2, 1821, in Tyngsboro, MA
Died October 19, 1896, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Court of Claims
Nominated by Ulysses Grant on June 1, 1874, to a seat vacated by Samuel Milligan. Confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 1874, and received commission on June 2, 1874. Service terminated on January 20, 1885, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Chief Justice, Court of Claims
Nominated by Chester A. Arthur on January 15, 1885, to a seat vacated by Charles D. Drake. Confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 1885, and received commission on January 20, 1885. Service terminated on October 19, 1896, due to death.

Harvard College, A.B., 1843
Harvard College, A.M., 1846
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1846

Professional Career:

Private practice, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1846
Justice of the peace, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1847-1854
Bank president, Wamesit, Massachusetts, 1852-1853
Judge, Middlesex County [Massachusetts] Probate Court, 1856-1858
Judge, Middlesex County [Massachusetts] Probate and Insolvency Courts, 1858-1872
Assistant secretary of the treasury, 1869-1872
Acting attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1870
Secretary of the Treasury, 1873-1874
Editor, Supplement to the Revised Statutes of the United States, 1874-1891
Professor of law, Georgetown Law School, 1879-1894