Weightman, Richard Hanson

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Full name
Richard Hanson Weightman
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
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Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
South
Origins
Slave State
Education
West Point (US Military Academy)
University of Virginia
Occupation
Politician
Military
Journalist
Political Parties
Democratic
Government
US House of Representatives
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Confederate Army

Richard Hanson Weightman (Congressional Biographical Dictionary)

Reference
WEIGHTMAN, Richard Hanson, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in Washington, D.C., December 28, 1816; attended private schools in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va.; graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1834; attended the United States Military Academy at West Point 1835-1837; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 in the District of Columbia, but did not practice; moved to St. Louis, Mo., and on May 28, 1846, was elected captain of Clark’s Battalion, Missouri Volunteer Light Artillery, in the Mexican War; he served as Additional Paymaster, Volunteers, in the Army in 1848 and 1849; moved to New Mexico in 1851 and edited a newspaper in Santa Fe; appointed agent for Indians in New Mexico in July 1851; elected as a Democrat and the Territory’s first Delegate to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); was not a candidate for reelection in 1852; resumed newspaper work; moved to Kickapo and Atcheson, Kans., in 1858, and went to Independence, Mo., in 1861; elected colonel, First Regiment Cavalry, Eighth Division, Missouri State Guard, Confederate States Army, June 11, 1861; promoted to command of First Brigade, Eighth Division, June 20, 1861; killed while commanding the First Brigade at Wilson Creek, Mo., August 10, 1861; interment on the battlefield near Springfield, Mo.
“Weightman, Richard Hanson,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000255.
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