Henry Westman Richardson

Henry Westman Richardson (July 21, 1855 – October 27, 1918) was a Canadian businessman and Senator.

Henry Westman Richardson
Henry Westman Richardson

21 July 1855

Died 27 October 1918

Nationality Canadian
Other names The Honorable Henry Richardson
Occupation Canadian Senator, politician, benefactor, grain merchant
Known for Grain exporting
Spouse(s) Alice Ford (m. 14 April 1885)

He was the head of James Richardson and Sons, a commodities firm based in Kingston, Ontario that was founded by his father which handled virtually all of Canada’s grain exports to the United Kingdom during World War I. Richardson became president of the firm following the death of his brother, in 1906.[1] He was president until his own death in 1918.[2]

Richardson also sat on the boards of directors of several railway companies as well as Dominion Canneries.[1] He was a member of the Boards of Trade in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg.[3] He was an Alderman in Kingston and President of the Board of Education.[4]

He was appointed to the Senate of Canada on 22 January 1917[5] and sat as a Conservative until his death a year later.[6]

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Henry Westman (a misspelling of Wartman) Richardson was born the son of James Richardson and Susannah Wartman on 21 July 1855 in Kingston. He attended Kingston Collegiate Institute. On 14 April 1885, he married Alice Ford, daughter of R.G. Ford of Kingston. Together they had three daughters[7] and three sons.[8]

Richardson was involved in a number of business, and educational organizations, as follows:

  • J. Richardson and Sons Limited – President 1906-1918
  • Kingston, Portsmouth & Cataraqui Electric Railway – President [9]
  • Kingston Feldspar and Mining Company – President and General Manager [10]
  • Dominion Canners. Limited – Director [11]
  • North American Smelting Company – president and general manager [12]
  • Travelers Life Assurance Company of Canada – Officer and Shareholders’ Director[13]
  • Kingston Hosiery Limited – President [14]
  • Kingston Street Railway Company – President
  • Mississquoi Marble Company – President
  • Phillipsburg Railway Company – President
  • Kingston Board of Trade – President
  • Liquor License Commissioner – 1911 [4]
  • City Council Kingston, 1892 [15]
  • Cataraqui Golf and Country Club – President [16]
  • School of Mining, Kingston – Governor
  • Kingston Yacht Association – President
  • Board of Education, Kingston [4]

Appointed on the advice of Robert Laird Borden,[5] Richardson was summoned to the Senate of Canada on 22 January 1917. He was a Conservative[4] and a member of the Standing Committee on Railways, Telegraphs and Harbours and a member of Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.[6]

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