Joseph Tanner Richards

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Joseph Tanner Richards

  • Birth 8 Dec 1871 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
  • Death 9 Oct 1909 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Park 20-4
  • Memorial ID 29804121

Son of Franklin Synder Richards and Emily Sophia Tanner

Married Martha Cecelia Sells, 1 Sep 1892, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Obituary - Joseph T. Richards was born at Ogden, Utah, December 8, 1871. His parents were Franklin S. Richards, the prominent lawyers, and Emily S. Richards. He married Mattie Sells, and now has three children, Martha, Josephine and Edward.

Mr. Richards was educated in the grade schools, at the University of Deseret and at Cornell University. After graduating in June, 1892, he was admitted to the bar and immediately commenced the active practice of law, as a member of the firm of Richards, Moyle & Richards, which continued only a year or two, and the firm of Richards & Richards was formed, of which Mr. Joseph T. Richards was the junior member. In 1898 he became a member of the firm of Bennett, Harkness, Howat, Bradley & Richards, and in 1900 upon the dissolution of that firm, became the senior member of the firm of Richards & Ferry. For the last seven years the firm has been Richards, Richards & Ferry, consisting of Franklin S Richards, Joseph T. Richards and Edward S. Ferry, and is one of the most able and prominent law firms in the State.

In 1893, Mr. Richards was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Territory of Utah, under Mr. Cleveland's second administration, and made an enviable record in that position. He has devoted his time almost exclusively to the practice of his profession, in which he has distinguished himself. His practice has been very active and varied. Mr. Richards has successfully conducted litigation of great importance, involving large interests and many difficult questions.

Though his energies have been devoted to professional matters almost exclusively, Mr. Richards has become associated with various industrial enterprises, and has devoted considerable attention to mining, so that he is not only widely and favorably known as a lawyer, but has a reputation as a business man of judgment and integrity, and is prominent in both spheres.

Mr. Richards is a member of the Alta Club, University Club, Commercial Club and Country Club. He is very fond of outdoor sports, and his hours of recreation are devoted to amusements of this class.

Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909

Utah Death Certificate

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