Member Biography

George Richards 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1847       3 Whig
1848       3 Whig
1849       3 Whig

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


06/17/1788 - 08/19/1873

George Richards (Whig3) Montgomery County 1847-1849

Early Life:

George Richards, born June 17, 1788, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Sophia Hubner Richards; educated, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; connected, Lutheran church, 1805-1873; mercantile voyages, 1811-1812; volunteered, War of 1812; engaged, mercantile pursuits, iron business, New Jersey, 1815-1820; Justice of the Peace, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1820; married, Sophia Miller Herman, 1827, children, Mark Henry Richards, Esquire, John Richards, Matthias E. Richards, Sophia M. Richards, Annie E. Richards; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1847-1849; died, August 19, 1873, Pottstown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; interment Pottstown Cemetery, Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.   

Early Career:

Mercantile voyages, island of Cuba landing at Santiago de Cuba, island of Puerto Rico, La Guayra, the seaport of Caraccas, the capital of Venezuela, South America, 1811-1812.

Volunteered, battle, Port Deposit Maryland, War of 1812, company under commander, Pennsylvania General John Cadwallader.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Justice of the Peace, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1820

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Montgomery County, 1847-1849.


Father, John Richards, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Montgomery County, 1801-1805, 4th district, Montgomery County, 1805-1807; United States House of Representatives, Fourth Congress, 1795-1797. John Richards  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "R""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 

George Richards (1788-1873) - Find a Grave Memorial