BLAND, Richard Parks

BLAND, Richard Parks
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BLAND, Richard Parks, a Representative from Missouri; born near Hartford, Ohio County, Ky., August 19, 1835; received an academic education; moved to Missouri in 1855, thence to California, and later to that portion of Utah which is now the State of Nevada; taught school for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Virginia City; also interested in mining; treasurer of Carson County from 1860 until the organization of the State government of Nevada; returned to Missouri in 1865 and continued the practice of law in Rolla; moved to Lebanon, Laclede County, in August 1869; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses and Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); sponsor of the Bland-Allison silver purchase act of 1878; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death; in 1896 was a prominent candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, receiving two hundred and ninety votes; died in Lebanon, Mo., June 15, 1899; interment in Lebanon Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library

Provo, UT
Papers: ca. 1870, 1 item (2 pages). Handwritten and signed letter addressed to J.L. Storm. Richard Bland states that he was an elected official in Carson County, Utah (later Nevada) in 1860. This was the only elected political post he ever held until elected to the 43rd Congress from Missouri. The item does not contain a date. The letter is part of the Fred Rosenstock autograph collection.

Duke University
Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: In the Edwin Harrison Papers, 1788-1928, 495 items. Correspondents include Richard P. Bland. Materials may not be published or broadcast without prior written permission. Permission to examine or to photocopy materials does not constitute permission to publish.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Edwards Pierrepont Papers, 1813-1902, 3 linear feet. Subjects covered include Richard Parks Bland. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bland, Richard Parks. Proposed annexation of Hawaii. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

Byars, William V. "An American Commoner": The Life and Times of Richard Parks Bland. Columbia, Mo.: E. W. Stephens, 1900.

Haswell, Harold A. "The Public Life of Congressman Richard Parks Bland." Ph.D. diss., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1951.

Hollister, Wilfred R. and Harry Norman. Five famous Missourians: authentic biographical sketches of Samuel L. Clemens, Richard P. Bland, Champ Clark, James M. Greenwood, and Joseph O. Shelby. With introductories by Walter Williams ... [et al.]. Kansas City, Mo.: Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co., 1900.

United States. 56th Congress, 1st sess., 1899-1900. Memorial addresses on the life and character of Richard P. Bland (late a Representative from Missouri) delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.

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