Some Notable Richardsons
Not all Richardsons are dead. What follows is my eclectic list of prominent Richardsons of the recent generation. Below that list you will find some of the noted Richardsons from the past
Arthur Richardson built up a global business Richardson Electronics, starting from his small barn in Florence, Illinois in 1947.
Bill Richardson is the Governor of New Mexico. He is 75% Hispanic but the other 25% can be traced back to the Richardsons who emigrated from Hertfordshire.
David Richardson of Hull University has published extensively on the African slave trade.
Ella Walton Richardson opened her fine art gallery in Charleston South Carolina in 2001.
Richardson was an
American lawyer and politician who served in
the cabinets of Presidents Nixon and Ford.
He was a prominent figure in the Watergate scandal, refusing an
from Nixon to fire the Special Prosecutor.
is one of Scotland's best-known chefs.
He is a master chef of Great Britain and currently vice chairman
Scottish Chefs Association,
Gordon Richardson was Governor of the Bank of England in the 1970's.
Richardson, born in
Edinburgh, was one of the great English
classical actors of his generation. He died in early 2007.
Richardson is a
legendary Canadian record producer.
James Richardson is a sociologist
from South Carolina known for this acerbic criticisms of "cultic
Keith and Ann Richardson run the
Richardson Group of hotels around England.
Mervyn Richardson was an Australian inventor who after the war patented and developed a lightweight rotary lawnmower.
Michael Richardson is a
historian who has published a number of popular books under his
Sir Michael Richardson was a
City financier active in the UK Government's privatization plans in the
Miranda Richardson is a
well-known English actress.
Richie Richardson from Antigua was a
West Indian batsman and
cricket captain during the 1990's.
Robert Richardson from
Virginia was the Nobel prize winner for physics in 1996.
Ruth Richardson was New
Zealand Minister of Finance in the early 1990;s. She was known
for her "free market" economic reforms which her critics dubbed
Shelley and Bruce Richardson own
a tea emporium in Perryvile, Kentucky and write extensively on tea.
Shipley in Yorkshire was a leading stage and film director of the “new
the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was married
for a time to the actress Vanessa Redgrave. He died in 1991.
his New Dictionary of the English
Language in 1858.
And here is a list of some noted Richardsons of the past:
Edith Richardson, who wrote under the pen-name Henry Handel Richardson, was an acclaimed Australian novelist of the early twentieth century.
Richardson was a Quaker diarist in
the late nineteenth century.
Ezekiel Richardson was the eldest of three Hertfordshire brothers to join Winthrop’s fleet in 1630 and depart for New Rngland.
Friend William Richardson, born in a
Quaker township in Michigan, migrated to California and worked his way
up to become the Governor of the state in the 1920's.
Hugh Richardson was the British and Indian representative in Tibet until 1950. He then began a second career as a scholar of that country and has been dubbed “the father of modern Tibetan studies.
his sugar-importing business in Scotland in
the early 1800’s.
his grain business in Kingston, Ontario in
1857. It remains privately owned and
family controlled. Now based in
Winnipeg, the company office dominates the city skyline.
James Armstrong Richardson started Western Canada Airways in 1926. Winnipeg International Airport is now named after him.
Jessie Richardson moved to Canada in 1919 and spent most of her life in the theater there. The Jessie Richardson Theater Awards are named after her.
John Richardson, ordained as rector of Armagh in 1693, was involved in the project for the printing and distribution of an Irish translation of the Bible.
John Richardson from Yorkshire was an itinerant Quaker preacher in the early 1700's.
John Richardson, although transported to Australia as a convict in the 1820’s, became that country’s first recognized horticulturist.
John Grubb Richardson, an Irish Quaker, brought the Bessbrook linen mill to south Armagh in 1845 and created a model village for the workers.
John Peter Richardson was Governor of South Carolina in the late 1800's.
John Wigham Richardson founded the shipbuilding company on the Tyne that bore his name in the 1870’s. The company merged with Swan Hunter in 1903 to get the contract to build the passenger liner Mauretania.
Sir John Richardson, trained as a doctor in Dumfries Scotland in the 1830’s, had a long career as a physician, an Arctic explorer, and a naturalist. The Richardson mountain range in the Canadian Rockies is named after him.
John M. Richardson is best known
for his quote: "When it comes to the future, there are three types of
people, those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those
who wonder what happened."
JP Richardson, the rock and roller also known as "the Big Bopper," died in the air crash in 1959 which also killed Buddy Holly.
Lewis Fry Richardson, born into a Quaker family in Newcastle, laid the basis for present day weather forecasting. His later work was involved in mathematical studies on the causes of war.
Mary Richardson was a militant suffragette best known for slashing Velasquez's Venus in the National Gallery.
Nobel Prize for Physics in 1928 for his pioneering work in thermionics.
Sir Ralph Richardson, who made his professional debut in 1921, was one of the leading stage actors of his generation.
Richard Richardson, a plantation owner in South Carolina during colonial times, started a family which included two later Governors of the state.
Samuel Richardson, a Quaker,helped
build the town of Philadelphia in the early 1700's.
Samuel Richardson can be considered the first writer of the English novel, with his books Pamela in 1740 and Clarissa in 1748.
Richardson was a
successful and wealthy Texan businessman in
oil, cattle, and real estate from the 1930's to 1950’s.
Smith Richardson developed the Vicks company into a major pharmaceutical company during the inter-war years. The company had been founded by his father, Lunsford Richardson, in Greensboro North Carolina in 1905.
Susan Rixhardson was a runaway slave who secured her freedom in a celebrated court case in 1843.
Sir Thomas Richardson from Norfolk was Lord Chief Justice under James I and his son, through marriage, Baron Cramond in Scotland.
Thomas Richardson, raised in a Quaker household in Darlington, was a partner in the London billbroking firm of Richardson, Overend, and Gurney in the early 1800’s.
Thomas Miles Richardson was a Newcastle-based artist in the early nineteenth century. His favorite sketching grounds were Northumberland, the Borders and Scotland.
Willard Richardson was a newspaper editor of the Texas frontier in the second half of the nineteenth century.
William Richardson, a seaman from
London, was the first white settler in the San Francisco Bay
area. He married a Spanish lady, was granted large land
holdings in Sausalito, and prospered. However, he lost everything
during the Gold Rush time in a misguided shipping venture.
William Richardson, who came from Scotland, was an early medical practioner in Australia.
William H. Richardson
patented and devloped the first baby carriage in America in 1889.
Willis Richardson was a leading African-American playwright and drama anthologist during the 1920’s and 1930’s.