Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 42.
WILLIAMS, HON. RICHARD, a prominent attorney of Portland and ex member of congress, was born in Ohio, November 15, 1836, and came to Oregon in 1851. He lived at Salem and attended the Willamette University till 1856, when he began reading law in Corvallis. After being admitted to the bar, he began practice in Salem in 1862, where he was a partner of Hon. Rufus Mallory, and Clerk of the Supreme Court. In 1871 he formed a partnership with Hon. W. Lair Hill and Hon. W. W. Thayer, and moved to Portland, where he has since continued practice. In 1874 he was nominated for congress, but a split in the party defeated the ticket. He was renominated in 1876 and elected. Since his term in congress he has occupied a leading position at the bar. He has taken much interest in educational matters and is a member of the Portland School Board.