Frank H. Richards
FRANK H. RICHARDS was
appointed United States Marshal of the Second Judicial
Division of Alaska June 4, 1901.
and he held the position until the
fall of 1904. He was born in McHenry County, Illinois, March 21,
1858. He lived on a farm until
he was twenty-four years old. He
immigrated to the Puget Sound
country in 1883, and was with Eugene Canfield when he made the first
survey of the railroad between British Columbia and Seattle. Later he
studied law at the Columbia Law
School and was admitted to the bar,
but never engaged in the practice of
the profession. He was appointed
Harbor Commissioner of the State
of Washington July 1, 1890, and
resigned the office in January, 1893.
He was elected state senator from
Whatcom County, and served in the
biennial session of '91 and '93. He
was chairman of the Fisheries Committee and the first legislator in the
interest of the fish industry in Washington. Legislation which has built up the great fish-canning business on the Sound
was introduced by him.
The panic in 1893 swept away his accumulations and a few years later he went
to Alaska. After prospecting in Southeastern Alaska he went to the Forty-Mile country in 1899. and arrived in Nome in 1900. October 8, 1903, he married Miss Bessie
Wilke, of Chicago. When he was a school boy her father was his teacher.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.