Albert Norton Richards

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Albert Norton Richards
QC
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Albert Norton Richards
Source: Library and Archives Canada
2nd Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
June 27, 1876 – June 21, 1881
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Earl of Dufferin
Marquess of Lorne
Premier Andrew Charles Elliott
George Anthony Walkem
Preceded by Joseph Trutch
Succeeded by Clement Francis Cornwall
Personal details
Born (1821-12-08)December 8, 1821
Brockville, Ontario
Died March 6, 1897(1897-03-06) (aged 75)
Victoria, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Frances Chaffey (m. 1849)
Ellen Chaffey Chislett (m. 1854)
Occupation lawyer
Profession Politician
For other people named Albert Richards, see Albert Richards.

Albert Norton Richards, QC (December 8, 1821 – March 6, 1897) was a Canadian lawyer and political figure. He represented Leeds South in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1872 to 1874. He served as the second Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia from 1876 to 1881.[1]

He was born in Brockville in Upper Canada in 1821,[1] the son of Stephen Richards and Phoebe Buell.[2] He studied law with his brother William Buell Richards and was called to the bar in 1848.[3] Richards practised law in Brockville and in Victoria, British Columbia.[2] He was one of the founders of what is now the Vancouver-based law firm of Richards Buell Sutton.[4]

In 1863, he was named Queen's Counsel. He was elected to the 8th Parliament of the Province of Canada in 1863, but was defeated in 1864 when he accepted the post of Solicitor General for Canada West and so was required to run again for the same seat.[3] In 1867, he was narrowly defeated by John Willoughby Crawford in Leeds South but was elected in 1872. In 1869, he was named Attorney General in the provisional government of the Northwest but was turned back by the rebels at Pembina.[1] In 1874, he moved to British Columbia.[3] On June 27, 1876, he was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor there. After his term in this office, he returned to Ontario for three years, then went back to Victoria where he practised law, dying in Victoria in 1897.[3]

Richards was married twice: to Frances Chaffey in 1849 and to Ellen Chaffey Chislett in 1854.[2]

Richards Street in Vancouver is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Albert Norton Richards – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  3. ^ a b c d History of Leeds and Grenville, TWH Leavitt (1879)
  4. ^ Richards Buell Sutton multi-service law firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
John Crawford
Member of Parliament from Leeds South
1872-1874
Succeeded by
David Ford Jones