Rees G. Richards
|Rees Griffith Richards|
|16th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 9, 1882 – January 14, 1884
|Preceded by||Andrew Hickenlooper|
|Succeeded by||John G. Warwick|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 22nd district
January 7, 1878 – January 1, 1882
|Preceded by||J. K. Rukenbrod|
|Succeeded by||J. M. Dickinson|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Jefferson County district
January 5, 1874 – January 6, 1878
|Preceded by||Samuel H. Ford|
|Succeeded by||Thomas B. Scott|
July 22, 1842|
|Died||February 10, 1917
|Spouse(s)||Catherine C. Rees
|Years of service||1861-1865|
|Unit||45th Pennsylvania Infantry|
At the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, he enlisted as a first sergeant in Company G of the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry September 18, 1861. He was promoted to second lieutenant July 31, 1862, to captain September 14, 1862. He re-enlisted as a veteran January 1, 1864, and was captured at the Crater, July 30, 1864. He was held prisoner at Asylum Prison Camp near Charleston, South Carolina until his escape February 16, 1865. He and two colleagues made it to Union lines at Chattanooga, Tennessee March 16, 1865. He was appointed brigade inspector May 11, 1865, and mustered out July 17, 1865.
After the war, he moved to Youngstown, Ohio and engaged in mercantile business for two years, then six years in Irondale, Ohio. In 1873, and again in 1875, he was elected to represent Jefferson County, Ohio in the Ohio House of Representatives at the 61st and 62nd General Assemblies In 1876 he was admitted to the bar. He represented the 22nd district in the Ohio Senate in the 63rd and 64th General Assemblies (1878–1881). In 1881, he defeated Democrat Edgar M. Johnson for election as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and could have had the nomination in 1883, had he wanted it.
Richards married Catherine C. Rees of Tioga County, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1865, and Elizabeth Johnson of Jefferson County, Ohio on September 25, 1894, who had one daughter. Richards was a Freemason and a Presbyterian by faith. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.
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- Albert, Allen, ed. (1912). History of the Forty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865. Williamsport Pennsylvania: Grit Publishing Company.
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- Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio.
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