Richard M. Young
|Richard Montgomery Young|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||William Ewing|
|Succeeded by||Sidney Breese|
|11th Commissioner of the General Land Office|
January 6, 1847 – June 30, 1849
|President||James K. Polk
|Preceded by||James Shields|
|Succeeded by||Justin Butterfield|
February 20, 1798|
Fayette County, Kentucky
|Died||November 28, 1861
Young was born in Fayette County, Kentucky and was admitted to the bar in 1816. In 1817, he moved his law practices to Jonesboro, Illinois, and was appointed a captain in the state militia. He served in the Illinois state house from 1820 to 1822 and as a circuit court judge from 1825 to 1837. He resigned his judgeship after being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1837 as a member of the Democratic Party. As a federal Senator, he served one six-year term; during the first four of his six years in office he was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Roads and Canals.
Upon the end of his term in the Senate, he was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court (1843–1847) and then became a land office commissioner by appointment of James K. Polk. He served as the Clerk to the United States House of Representatives in 1850 and practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1851 until his death.
- United States Congress. "Richard M. Young (id: Y000050)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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