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John E. Richards


John E. Richards was born in Santa Clara Valley in 1856. He graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. degree in 1879 (and when he returned to San Jose to practice law he served as trustee of the University of the Pacific, and as lecturer on political economy, modern history and constitutional law). He obtained his LL.B. in 1879 from the University of Michigan. "His incessant activity found time, also, for literary work, and through the columns of the local press he made himself known as a forceful writer of editorials, as well as a graceful essayist and a poet with a true inspiration for melody and sentiment." [Oscar Tully Shuck, History of the Bench and Bar of California 922-923, at 923
(Los Angeles: The Commercial Printing House, 1901)]

Richards practiced law in San Francisco and San Jose and served as a superior court judge, and as a justice of the California Supreme Court.

Richards was a Mason.