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Richardson, Thomas

Arthur J. Worrall

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0100780

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Richardson, Thomas (10 September 1680–28 April 1761), merchant and Rhode Island treasurer, was born in New York. Richardson’s early life and parentage are uncertain. By the early eighteenth century he had joined the mercantile community in Boston. A Quaker, and perhaps unhappy because of inhospitable conditions in Boston, Richardson moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1712. Newport, he thought, would present greater opportunities in the transatlantic, Long Island, and West Indies trades. No doubt the substantial Quaker presence in the vicinity of Newport also attracted him....

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Subjects: Manufacturing ; History of Manufacturing and Construction ; US Politics ; US Colonial and Revolutionary History ; Colonialism and Imperialism

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