Richard Brodhead (January 5, 1811 – September 16, 1863) was an American lawyer and politician from Easton, Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania in both the U.S. House and Senate. He was the father of U.S. Representative Jefferson Davis Brodhead.
From 1856's Portraits of United States Senators with a Biographical Sketch of Each
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1857
|Preceded by||Daniel Sturgeon|
|Succeeded by||Simon Cameron|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 10th district
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849
|Preceded by||William Simonton|
|Succeeded by||Milo M. Dimmick|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Born||January 5, 1811|
Lehman Township, Pennsylvania
|Died||September 16, 1863 (aged 52)|
Richard Brodhead was born in Lehman Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Hannah (Drake) and Richard Brodhead, Sr. Brodhead moved to Easton, Pennsylvania in 1830. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Easton. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1837 to 1839. He was appointed treasurer of Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1841. His wife was Mary Jane Davis Bradford, a niece of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi.
Brodhead was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Revolutionary Pensions during the Twenty-ninth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848.
Brodhead was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate. He served as chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Claims during the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses. and the United States Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims during Thirty-second Congress. He died in Easton in 1863. Interment in Easton Cemetery.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe (Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1900), 80-1; Papers of Jefferson Davis 1:520-1; 1:279, n20.
- United States Congress. "Richard Brodhead (id: B000861)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district
Milo M. Dimmick
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: James Cooper, William Bigler