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Edward H. Richardson

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 1 Apr 1901 (aged 74)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 100027696 · View Source
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Married Mary Kennedy on August 18, 1850 at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Omaha Daily Bee, April 3, 1901, p. 12, col. 1


Passing of a Veteran Who Helped Make Civil War History.


Death Results from Infirmities Incident to Advanced Age – Deceased Was Once Prominent in Missouri Political Affairs

Captain Edward H. Richardson died Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the home of his son, R. W. Richardson, 3711 North Nineteenth street, aged 74 years and 1 month, death being the result of debility incident to advanced age.

Captain Richardson was one of the few officers of the confederate service residing in Nebraska. He was a native of Ireland, born at Sowards, a suburb of Dublin, March, 1, 1827. In 1849 he came to the United States by way of Jamaica, landing at New Orleans. In 1850 he went to Cincinnati, where his brother, who accompanied him to this country, was drowned in the river on the day they arrived. The following year he was married in Cincinnati and went to Millersburg, Ky., where he resided for several years and where he was an intimate friend of James G. Blaine, who was at that time a teacher in the Millersburg academy.

From Millersburg he went to Linneus, Mo., where he took an active part in politics and was elected to the state legislature in 1860. That body was known as the "Jackson legislature" and followed the governor to Neosho, where articles of secession were passed, and at the approach of the federal troops went to Arkansas. In that state the legislature adjourned and the members returned home. As soon as he reached Linneus, Captain Richardson organized a company for the confederate service. He was postmaster at Linneus at that time, having been appointed by Buchanan, and holding over under Lincoln. With a number of other southern sympathizers he was arrested and taken to Illinois, where he was detained for some time and liberated by General Palmer, who could find no reason for holding him. At that time a personal friendship with General Palmer was formed, which continued to the end of that statesman's life. After being released from prison Captain Richardson returned to Missouri, raised his company and was mustered into the Third Missouri cavalry.

In this service he was under Price and Shelby, and then was attached to Magruder's Texas troops. He took part in the battles of Lexington, Elk Horn, Pea Ridge and Wilson Creek, or Oak Hills. At the close of the war he was in command of the post at Navasota, Tex., where he surrendered. Returning to civil life, he lived in St. Louis for a time and then went to Warsaw, where he was elected to the Missouri senate. In 1895 he came to Omaha, where he has since resided with his son, R. W. Richardson.

Surviving Captain Richardson are his wife, who is with her daughters at Los Angeles, Cal.: R. W. Richardson of Omaha, Mrs. Anna R. Tobin of St. Louis, Mrs. B. F. Blythe and Mrs T. F. Fitzgerald of Los Angeles. The funeral will take place from the residence of R. W. Richardson at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Interment at Holy Sepulchre cemetery.


Morning World-Herald (Omaha, Nebr.), April 3, 1901, p. 3, col. 5


Interesting Career of Resident of Omaha Who Has Passed Away.

The funeral of Edward H. Richardson, the father of Attorney R. W. Richardson, who died Monday at the home of his son, 3711 North Nineteenth street, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with interment at Holy Sepulchre.

Mr. Richardson was a native of Dublin, Ireland, and at an early age, with a brother, went to the West India islands, including Cuba and Porto Rico. Later, accompanied by his brother, he went to Cincinnati, O., where he engaged at his trade, that of tailoring. It was here that Mr. Richardson's brother was drowned in the Ohio river. He resided for a time at Millersburg, Ky., and later removed to Buchanan, Mo., where he was postmaster during President Buchanan's term of office. In 1860, Mr. Richardson took an active part in politics siding heartily with the south. He was a member of the legislature which adopted resolutions seceding from the union. Returning home Mr. Richardson raised a company of soldiers, was appointed captain and followed the fortunes of the war to its close, participating in numerous engagements with Price in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.

After the war Mr. Richardson secured a position with a large St. Louis woolen house, with which he was associated for several years.

In 1880 Mr. Richardson located at Warsaw, Mo., at which place he was elected state senator for four years. He came to Omaha six years ago, since which time he had resided with his son. While here he was an ardent and enthusiastic democrat, being at the time of his death secretary of the North Omaha Bryan club.




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