William B. Richardson
For other persons named William or Bill Richardson see William Richardson (disambiguation).
|William B. Richardson|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate from the 4th district|
January 4, 1927 – September 19, 1945
|Acting Minnesota Lieutenant Governor|
August 24, 1936 – January 1, 1937
|Preceded by||Hjalmar Petersen|
|Succeeded by||Gottfrid Lindsten|
|Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota|
|Preceded by||J. C. Thompson|
|Succeeded by||C. D. Brown|
November 10, 1874|
|Died||September 19, 1945
|Profession||lawyer, businessman, public official, legislator|
Life and career
Richardson was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1874. His father Henry M. Richardson was an early settler of Olmsted County, Minnesota and was involved in local and state Republican politics. His mother, Sarah McCrillis, was a native of Massachusetts. Richardson attended Rochester High School and later the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating in 1900. He went on to practice law in Rochester with his brother, Harold James Richardson, who was also a lawyer.
From 1911 to 1917 Richardson was the mayor of Rochester, Minnesota. He was later elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1926 and re-elected a further five times through 1942. He served as Acting Lieutenant Governor from August 24, 1936 to January 1, 1937 when Governor Floyd B. Olson died and Lieutenant Governor Hjalmar Petersen became governor. While he was never formally sworn into office, as president pro tempore of the Minnesota Senate he was next in the line of succession. He also served as the acting president of the Minnesota Senate in 1937 as the Lieutenant Governor-elect Gottfrid Lindsten was unable to perform his duties due to illness.
Richardson died while in office on September 19, 1945. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.
- Leonard, Joseph Alexander (1910). History of Olmsted County, Minnesota: Together with Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers, Citizens, Families and Institutions. Goodspeed Historical Association. pp. 449–451.
- "Minnesota Lieutenant Governors, 1858-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
- "Richardson, William Burdette -- Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
- "William Burdette Richardson (1874 - 1945)". Find A Grave.
|Acting Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
J. C. Thompson
|Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
Julius J. Reiter