Joseph Richardson (British politician)

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Joseph Richardson

Joseph Richardson (1830 – 25 September 1902)[1] was a Liberal Party politician in England.


Richardson was a son of Caleb Richardson, a member of an old Quaker family. He had several brothers, including Edwin Richardson (d.1902) and Stansfield Richardson, who both served as Mayors of Sunderland.[2]

Richardson was head of the firm of Messrs. Richardson, Duck and Company, one of the chief shipbuilding firms on the Tees River, which in 1852 turned out the first two iron vessels launched on the river. He was also largely interested in the Durham collieries and iron works.[3]

Richardson was five times Mayor of the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, including on his death in 1902. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Durham and a Vice-Chairman of the Durham County Council.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for South East Durham at the 1892 general election. He was defeated at the 1895 general election by the Liberal Unionist Sir Henry Havelock-Allan, who he had ousted in 1892. Havelock-Allan died in 1897, and Richardson won the resulting by-election in 1898, but lost his seat again at the 1900 general election.[4]

He died after a long illness on 25 September 1902, aged 72.[3] He was three times married.


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Obituary - Edwin Richardson". The Times (36881). London. 24 September 1902. p. 7. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituaries - Joseph Richardson". The Times (36883). London. 26 September 1902. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 274. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Havelock-Allan
Member of Parliament for South East Durham
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Havelock-Allan
Preceded by
Sir Henry Havelock-Allan
Member of Parliament for South East Durham
Succeeded by
Frederick Lambton