Richard M. Young

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Richard Montgomery Young
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United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1843
Preceded by William Ewing
Succeeded by Sidney Breese
11th Commissioner of the General Land Office
In office
January 6, 1847 – June 30, 1849
Preceded by James Shields
Succeeded by Justin Butterfield
Personal details
Born (1798-02-20)February 20, 1798
Fayette County, Kentucky
Died November 28, 1861(1861-11-28) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic

Richard Montgomery Young (February 20, 1798 – November 28, 1861) was a U.S. Senator from Illinois.

Young was born in Fayette County, Kentucky and was admitted to the bar in 1816. In 1817, he moved his law practices to Jonesboro, Illinois and was appointed a Captain in the State Militia. He served in the Illinois state house from 1820–1822 and as a circuit court judge from 1825-1837. He resigned his judgeship after being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1837 as a member of the Democratic Party. As a federal Senator, he served one six-year term; during the first four of his six years in office he was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Roads and Canals.

Upon the end of his term in the Senate, he was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court (1843–1847) and then became a land office commissioner by appointment of James K. Polk. He served as the Clerk to the United States House of Representatives in 1850 and practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1851 until his death.

Young was the presiding judge at the 1844 trial of the accused murderers of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.

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