Richard Kidder Meade

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Richard Kidder Meade
10th United States Minister to Brazil
In office
December 5, 1857 – July 9, 1861
Appointed by James Buchanan
Preceded by William Trousdale
Succeeded by James Watson Webb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
August 5, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by George Dromgoole
Succeeded by John Millson
Member of the Virginia Senate from Brunswick, Dinwiddie and Greensville Counties
In office
1835 – 1838
Preceded by George Dromgoole
Succeeded by Edward Scott
Personal details
Born (1803-07-29)July 29, 1803
Lawrenceville, Virginia
Died April 20, 1862(1862-04-20) (aged 58)
Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Occupation lawyer

Richard Kidder Meade (July 29, 1803 – April 20, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born near Lawrenceville, Virginia, Meade pursued an academic course. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Petersburg, Virginia. He served in the State senate 1835–1838.

Meade was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George C. Dromgoole. He was reelected to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses and served from August 5, 1847, to March 3, 1853. He was appointed by President Buchanan as Minister to Brazil and served from July 27, 1857, to July 9, 1861. He returned to Virginia and devoted himself to the cause of the Confederacy. He died in Petersburg, Virginia, April 20, 1862. He was interred in Old Blandford Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1847; Meade was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 53.91% of the vote, defeating Whig George W. Bolling
  • 1849; Meade was re-elected with 88.67% of the vote, defeating Whig S.J. Weisigner and Independent identified only as Shell.
  • 1851; Meade was re-elected unopposed.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Trousdale
United States Minister to Brazil
Succeeded by
James Watson Webb
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Dromgoole
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Millson


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