Henry Charles Richards (10 April 1851 - 1 June 1905) was a barrister and Conservative Party politician.

Born in Sussex,[1][2][3] he was educated at the City of London School and the Proprietary School, Gravesend.[2] He entered employment as a clerk for the firm of Munt Brown and Co., hat and bonnet makers, in the City of London.[2][3] After fifteen years he was awarded the Bacon Scholarship to study law at Gray's Inn in 1879. He was called to the bar in 1881.[2][3] He worked as counsel for the Postmaster-General and for the London County Council.[2][3] In 1898 he "took silk" to become a Queen's Counsel.[2][3] From 1882 - 1885 he was one the City's representatives on the London School Board.[4] He was elected a bencher of Gray's Inn and was treasurer in the year before his death.[2]

Active in Conservative politics, he unsuccessfully attempted to win a seat for the party at Northampton in 1885, 1886, and 1892.[2][3] At the 1895 general election he contested the London constituency of Finsbury East. He won the seat, defeating the sitting Liberal member of parliament, James Rowlands. He was seen as representing his largely working class constituents effectively, and was re-elected in 1900 with an increased majority.[2]

Richards was also a very active "high church" member of the Church of England. He was appointed chairman of the City Branch of the Church Defence Institution in 1877 and three years later formed the City Church and Churchyard Preservation Society.[2][3]

Richards died in a London nursing home of heart disease in June 1905 aged 54.[2]

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  1. "News". Hastings Mail. 3 June 1905. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 "Obituary. Mr. H. C. Richards, K.C. M.P.". The Times: p. 12. 2 June 1905. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 RICHARDS, Henry Charles. Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. Retrieved on 3 September 2012.
  4. "The London School Board Election". The Daily News. 28 November 1882. 

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