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Guide to the Governor DeForest Richards records

Identifier: RG0001.15

Scope and Content

General correspondence and records dealing with topics such as appointments, official reports, fugitives, legislative issues, commercial fairs and congresses, routine matters, Hot Springs Reservation, McKinley National Memorial Fund, the Tom Horn/Willie Nickels indicent and petitions for pardons of convicts.


  • 1899-1903


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The collection is open for research.

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Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

DeForest Richards was born in Charleston, New Hampshire on August 6, 1846. After receiving his education, Richards actively participated in the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Banking and merchandizing in Chadron, Nebraska followed and with the experienced gained there, Richards helped organize and later served as president to the First National Bank of Douglas, Wyoming. Success in the livestock and mercantile businesses followed and he turned to politics. Richards served in succession as mayor in Douglas, commanding officer of the Wyoming National Guard, member of the Constitutional Convention, and as Senator in the Wyoming State Legislature. Elected Governor of Wyoming in 1898, Governor Richards served until his death four months into his second term in 1903. DeForest Richards died on April 28, 1903 and was buried in Cheyenne.


8 cubic feet (16 boxes)


The papers from Governor DeForest Richard's office deal with routine matters associated with the office. This includes communications with federal government offices, and topics such as requisitions, inquiries, Commercial Fairs and Conferences, School Lands, Game and Fish Laws, Arid Lands, Hot Springs Reservation, Rhodes Scholarship, U.S. Monitor Silver Service, financial records and reports, petitions for pardon, Spanish-American War medals, Tom Horn and Willie Nickels incident, and miscellaneous legislative information.

Existence and Location of Originals

Unless otherwise noted, originals of records listed in this finding aid are housed at the Wyoming State Archives. Material may be stored off site. Please contact staff to view.

Alternate Formats Available

Digital and microfilm copies may be available. See notes in container list.

Related Materials

RG0001.00, Wyoming Governor's Office Records, Wyoming State Archives.

Processing Information

The finding aid for this collection was entered in 1989 and has been periodically updated as needed through 2006.

Guide to the Governor DeForest Richards records, 1899-1903
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Cindy Brown
"©" 2020
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

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Cheyenne Wyoming 82002 United States
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