RICHARD PARKS BLAND, a celebrated American statesman, frequently called "the father of the house,"
because of his many years of service in the lower house of congress, was born August 19, 1835, near Hartford, Kentucky,
where he received a plain academic education. He moved, in to Missouri, from whence he went overland to California,
afterward locating in Virginia City, now in the state of Nevada, but then part of the territory of Utah. While
there be practiced law, dabbled in mines and mining in Nevada and California for several years, and served for
a time as treasurer of Carson county, Nevada, Mr. Bland returned to Missouri in 1865, where he engaged in the practice
of law at Rolla, Missouri, and in 1869 removed to Lebanon, Missouri. He began his congressional career in 1873,
when he was elected as a Democrat to the forty third congress, and he was regularly re-elected to every congress
after that time up to the fifty fourth, when he was defeated for re-election, but was returned to the fifty fifth
congress as a Silver Democrat. During all his protracted service, while Mr. Bland was always steadfast in his support
of democratic measures, yet he won his special renown as the great advocate of silver, being strongly in favor
of the free and unlimited coinage of silver, and on account of his pronounced views was one of the candidates for
the presidential nomination of the Democratic party at Chicago in 1896.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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