in 1840 in the crowd at the conference
Richard Rathbone (2 December 1788 - 10 November 1860) was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool in England. He was the second son of William Rathbone IV. Richard was a commission merchant, setting up in partnership with his brother, William Rathbone V in 1809.
He retired in 1835. As a committed opponent of the slave trade, he published in 1836 Letter to the President of the Liverpool Anti-Slavery Society.
On 8 April 1817 Rathbone married his half-cousin Hannah Mary (5 July 1798-26 March 1878), daughter of Joseph Reynolds of Ketley, Shropshire, and granddaughter of Richard Reynolds. They had six children:
- Hannah Mary (1818-1853)
- Richard Reynolds (1820-1898)
- Margaret (b. 1821 later Dixon)
- William Benson (1826-1892)
- Basil (1824-1853)
- Emily (1838-1907, later Greg)