Preston Richards

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Preston D. Richards (born September 15, 1881) was an assistant solicitor for the state department of the United States under J. Reuben Clark during the Taft Administration. He was also a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

In 1907, Richards wrote a biography of early Mormon leader Willard Richards.[1] Early on in his life, Richards served as a high school principal. In 1908, Richards was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He then studied law at the University of Chicago. From there he became assistant solicitor of the state department and later formed a private law firm with Clark.[2] Hugh B. Brown would later work for this law firm.[3]

In 1920, Richards was a member of the general board of the LDS Church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.


  1. ^ Mormon Literature & Creative Arts: Preston D. Richards, Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ Fow, Frank W. J. Reuben Clark: The Public Years (Provo and Salt Lake City:Deseret Book and Brigham Young University Press, 1980) pp. 87–88, 243
  3. ^ Edwin Brown Firmage, "Elder Hugh B. Brown, 1883–1975: In Memoriam", Ensign, January 1976, p. 86.