Richard Randolph McMahon

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Richard Randolph McMahon

Richard Randolph McMahon (July 30, 1852 – April 19, 1935) was a lawyer from West Virginia who served as Solicitor of the United States Treasury.


Richard Randolph McMahon was born in Alexandria, Virginia on July 30, 1852. He graduated from Georgetown University and became a professor of English and Latin.[1][2]

In 1877 he moved to Taylor County, West Virginia, where he worked as a newspaper columnist while studying law. In 1878 McMahon was appointed to the staff of Governor Henry M. Mathews with the rank of Colonel.[3]

A Democrat, in 1881 he became an attorney and was appointed to a position in the office of the United States Comptroller of the Treasury in the administration of Grover Cleveland.[4][5][6][7][8]

Beginning in 1885 McMahon practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Harper's Ferry. In the 1890s McMahon became a Republican. In addition to attending numerous party conventions at the local, state and national levels as a Delegate, McMahon served on the West Virginia University Board of Regents during the administration of Governor George W. Atkinson. McMahon was also a longtime member of the Columbia Hospital for Women's Board of Directors, and was President of the board from 1908 to 1914.[9][10][11]

In 1922 McMahon was appointed Solicitor of the Treasury, and he served until 1926.[12][13]

McMahon died in Harper's Ferry on April 19, 1935.[14]


  1. ^ Prominent Men of West Virginia, by George Wesley Atkinson and Alvaro Franklin Gibbens, 1890, pages 699 to 700
  2. ^ A Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Georgetown University, published by the university, 1874, page 18
  3. ^ Bench and Bar of West Virginia, edited by George Wesley Atkinson, pages 481 to 483
  4. ^ Newspaper story, Washington Notes, Long Island City Daily Star, June 12, 1885
  5. ^ Newspaper article, Resignation, Maysville (Kentucky) Daily Evening Bulletin, June 12, 1885
  6. ^ Newspaper column, News From All Parts of the World, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, February 7, 1886
  7. ^ Public Ledger Almanac, published by Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Ledger, 1887, page 48
  8. ^ Newspaper article, Politics in West Virginia, New York Times, November 2, 1902
  9. ^ The Monticola, published by West Virginia University, 1901, title page
  10. ^ Annual Report, published by Columbia Hospital for Women], 1913, page 163
  11. ^ Official Report of the Proceedings of the 1908 Republican National Convention, published by the convention, 1908, page 80
  12. ^ Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States, published by U.S. Department of Justice, 1922, page 98
  13. ^ Heritage Historical Manuscripts Auction #6019, by Heritage Auctions, Inc., 2009, page 87
  14. ^ West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973, entry for Richard Randolph McMahon, accessed December 16, 2011
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Preceded by
Lawrence Becker
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
Succeeded by
Robert J. Mawhinney