Harry A. Richardson

Harry Alden Richardson (January 1, 1853 – June 16, 1928) was an American businessman and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party, and was U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Harry A. Richardson
United States Senator
from Delaware
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byJ. Frank Allee
Succeeded byWillard Saulsbury, Jr.
Member of the Delaware Senate
In office
January 4, 1888 - January 3, 1889
Personal details
Born(1853-01-01)January 1, 1853
Camden, Delaware
DiedJune 16, 1928(1928-06-16) (aged 75)
Dover, Delaware
Political partyRepublican
SpousePriscilla Walker
Residence(s)Dover, Delaware

Early life and familyEdit

Richardson was born in Camden, Delaware, the son of Alden B. Richardson and Lucy R. Richardson. His family moved to Dover, Delaware when he was a small child in 1858. He attended the common schools there and the Kent Academy in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. In 1876 he married Priscilla Walker. They were members of the Baptist Church.

Professional and political careerEdit

Richardson worked in his father's canning and packing business in Dover, eventually becoming a partner and assuming control in 1894. He continued in this business throughout his life, was President of the First National Bank of Dover, and was also interested in various public-service corporations.

In his first attempt at public office, he ran for the office of Governor of Delaware in 1890, but lost to Democrat Robert J. Reynolds. Then, many years later, in 1907, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. During this term, he served with the Republican majority in the 60th, 61st, and 62nd U.S. Congress. In the 61st Congress, he was Chairman of the Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service, and in the 62nd Congress he was Chairman of the Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico, and a member of the Committee on Printing. He did not seek reelection in 1913, and in all, served from March 4, 1907, to March 4, 1913, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft.

Death and legacyEdit

Richardson died at Dover is buried there in the Lakeside Methodist Episcopal Cemetery.


Richardson is a direct descendant of Major General Humphrey Atherton.[1]


The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators, who took office March 4 for a six-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
State Senator Legislature Dover January 4, 1888 January 3, 1889
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington March 4, 1907 March 3, 1913
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1907–1909 60th Senate Republican Theodore Roosevelt class 2
1909–1911 61st Senate Republican William Howard Taft class 2
1911–1913 62nd Senate Republican William Howard Taft class 2
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1890 Governor Harry A. Richardson Republican 17,258 49% Robert J. Reynolds Democratic 17,801 51%


  • Munroe, John A. (1993). History of Delaware. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press. ISBN 0-87413-493-5.


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Party political offices
Title last held by
Albert Curry
Republican nominee for Governor of Delaware
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Delaware
Succeeded by