Jacob Richards was born near Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1791, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1795 and commenced practice in Philadelphia.
Richards was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Congresses. He was commissioned as colonel of militia in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He engaged in the practice of law until his death near Chester in 1816.
- United States Congress. "Jacob Richards (id: R000212)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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