He inherited the Manor of Duxbury and Duxbury Hall after the death of his elder brother Alexander in 1648. In 1654, he was elected Member of Parliament for Lancashire in the First Protectorate Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Lancashire in 1656 for the Second Protectorate Parliament. In 1659 he was elected MP for Preston in the Third Protectorate Parliament. He was re-elected in March 1660 for Preston in the Convention Parliament, but the election was declared void on 20 June.
Standish died at the age of 40. He had married Elizabeth, the daughter of Piers Legh of Lyme, Cheshire, with whom he had six sons and three daughters. His son Richard was created a baronet in 1677.
- "STANDISH, Richard (1621-62), of Duxbury, Standish, Lancs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
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With: Richard Shuttleworth 1659
Alexander Rigby 1660