|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maryland's 5th district
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1965
|Preceded by||Frank Small, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Hervey Machen|
|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|Born||July 22, 1914|
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Died||September 22, 2003 (aged 89) |
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
Lankford was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended private schools in Baltimore, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1937, and his LL.B. degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1940. He was employed as a lawyer in private practice, and engaged in active management of tobacco and cattle farms.
During World War II, Lankford served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946. After the war, he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1948 to 1954, and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the U.S. Congress in 1952.
He served on the Maryland Legislative Council in 1953, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention of 1956 before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 1954. He served from January 3, 1955, to January 3, 1965, but was not a candidate for renomination in 1964. Lankford did not sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto, and voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, as well as the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but voted present on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He died in Easton, Maryland, aged 89.
- United States Congress. "Richard Lankford (id: L000081)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-01-26