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.

Biography[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Becker
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
1922–1926
Succeeded by
Robert J. Mawhinney