William P. Richardson

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William Pitt Richardson
William Pitt Richardson from Ohio in the War.png
9th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 9, 1865 – February 20, 1865[1]
Preceded by Lyman R. Critchfield
Succeeded by Chauncey N. Olds
Personal details
Born (1824-05-25)May 25, 1824
Washington County, Pennsylvania
Died August 4, 1886(1886-08-04) (aged 62)
New Castle, Indiana
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Washington College
Occupation lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1846-1848
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Bvt. Brigadier General
Unit 3rd Ohio Infantry
Commands 25th Ohio Infantry
Camp Chase
Battles/wars Mexican-American War
American Civil War

William Pitt Richardson[2] (May 25, 1824 - August 4, 1886)[3] was a Republican politician from the state of Ohio, USA. He was Ohio Attorney General in 1865.

Richardson was born on May 25, 1824, at Washington County, Pennsylvania. He entered Washington College in 1841, and graduated in 1844. He was then a teacher, and remained so after moving to Ohio. He enlisted as a private in the Third Ohio Infantry in 1846, and served in the Mexican-American War.[2] In 1852, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Monroe County, Ohio, and held that office until 1861. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a Major in the 25th Ohio Infantry, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel.[2] On May 2, 1863, at the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was wounded and lost use of his right arm.[4]

In 1864, he was elected Ohio Attorney General, but resigned after less than a year, replaced by Chauncey N. Olds of Franklin County being appointed by Governor Brough. He was Brevetted Brigadier General in December, 1864.[2] The same year, he was named commander of the military prison at Camp Chase in Columbus, and was later Collector of Internal Revenue for the Fifteenth (Ohio) district.[4] He died at New Castle, Indiana August 4, 1886, and was interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio.[3][5]

His granddaughter, Rhea, was the mother of the famous American film director John Huston and grandmother of the actors Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston.


  1. Wikoff, Allen T. (1875). Annual report of the secretary of state to the Governor of the state of Ohio for the year 1874. Columbus: Nevins & Myers, State Printers. p. 13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Reid : 945-946
  3. 3.0 3.1 reocities.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company. p. 198.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. William P. Richardson at Find a Grave


Legal offices
Preceded by
Lyman R. Critchfield
Attorney General of Ohio
Succeeded by
Chauncey N. Olds