Biography of Tom K. Richey
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TOM K. RICHEY. Attorney at Law and former City Attorney of Tucson, was born in Girard, Kansas, June 27, 1874. His parents, George H. and Fannie Gossin Richey, were natives of Ohio, whose ancestors were early settlers in that State and Pennsylvania. Mr. Richey was educated in the public schools of Kansas, and later attended St. John's Iilitary Academy, Salina, Kansas. His first regular occupation was selling newspapers in Meadville, Colorado, and he has since been employed in various capacities in different States, having worked with city engineering force, in a coal mine, in a printing office, railway office in Pittsburg, Kansas, C. B. & Q. office, Chicago, and in a grocery store, Weir City, Kansas. From 1896 to 1898 he taught in the public schools of Arcadia, Kansas, and the following year was elected Superintendent of the Schools of Crawford County for a two years' term, his leisure time during all of his educational work being devoted to the study of law. In 1901 he served as Reading Clerk in the Kansas Legislature, and the same year was admitted to the practice of law in that State. He went to Lawton, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1901, at the opening of the Kowa, Comanche and Apache country, and was admitted to the bar of Oklahoma, and established a nice practice there, remaining it 1904, and came to Arizona in 1905, located in Tucson, where he immediately engaged in the practice of law, and has since been a resident of that city. In the new field Mr. Richey soon acquired a prominence in his profession and found his experiences in various phases of life a valuable aid in his work. In 1907 he was appointed City Attorney, and held the office until 1911. His thorough knowledge of the law and of existing conditions, and his genuine integrity, have caused him to be recognized as not only one of the leading, but one of the most reliable attorneys in Southern Arizona. Mr. Richey is a member of the Iasons, Elks and Knights of Pythias. He was married July 19, 1911, to Miss Marie Grandpre. They have one son, Thomas Victor Richey.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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