JOSEPH T. RICHARDS
Joseph T. Richards was born at Ogden, Utah, December 8, 1871. His parents were Franklin S Richards, the prominent
lawyers, and Emily S. Richards. He married Mattie Sells, and now has three children, Martha, Josephine and Edward.
Mr. Richards was educated in the grade schools, at the University of Deseret and at Cornell University. After graduating
in June, 1892, he was admitted to the bar and immediately commenced the active practice of law, as a member of
the firm of Richards, Moyle & Richards, which continued only a year or two, and the firm of Richards &
Richards was formed, of which Mr. Joseph T. Richards was the junior member. In 1898 he became a member of the firm
of Bennett, Harkness, Howat, Bradley & Richards, and in 1900 upon the dissolution of that firm, became the
senior member of the firm of Richards & Ferry. For the last seven years the firm has been Richards, Richards
& Ferry, consisting of Franklin S Richards, Joseph T. Richards and Edward S. Ferry, and is one of the most
able and prominent law firms in the State.
In 1893, Mr. Richards was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Territory of Utah, under Mr. Cleveland's
second administration, and made an enviable record in that position. He has devoted his time almost exclusively
to the practice of his profession, in which he has distinguished himself. His practice has been very active and
varied. Mr. Richards has successfully conducted litigation of great importance, involving large interests and many
Though his energies have been devoted to professional matters almost exclusively, Mr. Richards has become associated
with various industrial enterprises, and has devoted considerable attention to mining, so that he is not only widely
and favorably known as a lawyer, but has a reputation as a business man of judgment and integrity, and is prominent
in both spheres.
Mr. Richards is a member of the Alta Club, University Club, Commercial Club and Country Club. He is very fond of
outdoor sports, and his hours of recreation are devoted to amusements of this class.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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