RICHARDS, James Prioleau

RICHARDS, James Prioleau
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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RICHARDS, James Prioleau, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Liberty Hill, Kershaw County, S.C., August 31, 1894; attended the county schools and Clemson College, Clemson, S.C.; during the First World War served overseas as a private, corporal, sergeant, and second lieutenant in the Trench Mortar Battery, Headquarters Company, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, Thirtieth Division, 1917-1919; professional baseball player; graduated from the law department of the University of South Carolina,Columbia, 1921; admitted to the bar in 1921; lawyer, private practice; judge of the probate court of Lancaster County, S.C., 1923-1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1957); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Eighty-second and Eighty-fourth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1956 to the Eighty-fifth Congress; delegate to the Japanese Peace Conference and United States delegate to the United Nations in 1953; special assistant to President Eisenhower, January 1957-January 1958, for the Middle East, with rank of ambassador; resumed the practice of law; resided in Lancaster, S.C., where he died February 21, 1979; interment in Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Liberty Hill, S. C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Duke University Libraries
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: In the Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973, approximately 6,400 items. Persons represented include James Prioleau Richards.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Stella Brunt Osborn Papers, 1916-1992, 40 linear feet. Other authors include James Prioleau Richards.

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections

Columbia, SC
Papers: 1932-1974, 10 linear feet. Collection consists of material relating to James Prioleau Richards’s representation of South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District, 1933-1957, including his interest and expertise in foreign policy, as well as his service as Special Assistant to President Eisenhower for the Middle East, 1957-1958. Includes information on his membership on the Joint Committee on Foreign Economic Cooperation Administration. Series include Correspondence, Topical Files, Photographs, and Newspaper Clippings. Further information and finding aid available at:
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lee, Joseph E. "'America Comes First With Me': The Political Career of Congressman James P. Richards, 1932-1957." Ph.D. diss., University of South Carolina, 1987.

Richards, James P. "The House of Representatives in Foreign Affairs." American Academy of Political and Social Science, Annals 289 (September 1953): 66-72.

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