Robert Lorne Richardson

Robert Lorne Richardson (June 28, 1860 – November 6, 1921) was a Canadian journalist, editor, newspaper owner, author, and politician.

Robert Lorne Richardson
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lisgar
In office
Preceded byArthur Wellington Ross
Succeeded byDuncan Alexander Stewart
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Springfield
In office
Preceded byDistrict created in 1914
Succeeded byRobert Hoey
Personal details
Born(1860-06-28)June 28, 1860
Balderson, Lanark County, Upper Canada
DiedNovember 6, 1921(1921-11-06) (aged 61)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyLiberal (1896-1900)
Independent (1900-1902)
Unionist (Conservative and Liberal) (1917-1921)

Born in Balderson, Lanark County, Upper Canada, the son of Joseph Richardson and Harriet Thompson, Richardson was educated at the Balderson Public School and in 1879 became a journalist working for the Montreal Star and briefly for the Toronto Globe. He moved to Winnipeg in 1881 was the city editor for the Daily Sun until the paper stopped publishing in 1890. In 1890, he founded with Duncan Lloyd McIntyre the Winnipeg Daily Tribune and was its editor.

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Liberal candidate for the electoral district of Lisgar in the 1896 election. He was re-elected in the 1900 election as an independent. The election was declared void in 1901 and he was defeated in the resulting 1902 by-election. He ran unsuccessfully again in three elections held in 1904, 1908, and 1912. He was elected for Springfield in the 1917 election.

He helped found the news service, Western Associated Press, in 1907 which was a forerunner of the Canadian Press. He was also the author of two novels Colin of the ninth concession: a tale of pioneer life in eastern Ontario (Toronto, 1903) and The Camerons of Bruce (Toronto, 1906).

He died in Winnipeg in 1921.


  • Robert Lorne Richardson – Parliament of Canada biography
  • "Personnel of the Senate and House of Commons, eighth Parliament of Canada, elected June 23, 1896". Internet Archive. 1898.
  • "Robert Lorne Richardson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

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