William Adams Richardson
Born at Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Graduate of Harvard in 1843 and received LL.B. in 1846. Admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 1846. Married Anna Maria Marston October 29, 1849. They had one daughter.
Served as judge of probate and insolvency 1858 to 1872. Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in 1869. Appointed Secretary of the Treasury and served 1873 to 1874. He resigned to serve on the U.S. court of claims and became chief justice in 1885. Taught at Georgetown Law School 1879 to 1894. Author of Banking Laws of Massachusetts in 1855 and other books on finances. He died in Washington, D.C.
bio: ApCAB; BDEB; DAB; NCAB 4; TCBDA; WWWA-HSource credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies