Richard W. Townshend
Richard W. Townshend
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 19th district
March 4, 1877 – March 9, 1889
|Preceded by||William B. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||James R. Williams|
|Born||April 30, 1840|
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
|Died||March 9, 1889 (aged 48)|
Born near Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Townshend moved to Washington, D.C., in 1846. He attended public and private schools. Page in the House of Representatives. He moved to Cairo, Illinois, in 1858.He taught school in Fayette County.He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in McLeansboro, Illinois. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Hamilton County 1863-1868. He served as prosecuting attorney for the twelfth judicial circuit of Illinois 1868-1872. He served as member of the Democratic State central committee in 1864, 1865, 1874, and 1875. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872. He moved to Shawneetown, Illinois, in 1873 and resumed the practice of law.
Townshend was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 9, 1889. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Military Affairs (Fiftieth Congress). Townshend was notable for some of his claims about race, once claiming that the Jim Crow South (controlled by his fellow Democrats) had "turned her face to the sun of freedom," while accusing supporters of Chinese immigration of supporting slavery. At the same time, Townshend was quick to quote racist views of the Chinese, describing them as "debased," and Chinese cities as "abominations." He was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery.
- 13 Cong. Rec. 2214-2215
- United States Congress. "Richard W. Townshend (id: T000339)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
William B. Anderson
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district
James R. Williams