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Henry Parker Richardson

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Henry Parker Richardson (1819-1870)

1872 Obituary [1]

MR. HENRY PARKER RICHARDSON was born at Appleby, Westmoreland, on the 7th of February, 1819.

He was educated at the grammar-school of that town, and made some considerable progress both in classics and mathematics.

In 1841 he entered the service of the late Mr. Robert Stephenson, and continued with his eminent firm in Newcastle-on-Tyne for eighteen years. Entering upon business on his own account, partly in Newcastle and afterwards in London, he had scope for the exercise of very great skill and energy in the several branches of commercial life in which he was engaged.

Returning to Newcastle, he became the proprietor of a paper manufactory which flourished rapidly in his hands. We was cut off, in the midst of most active usefulness, by an instantaneous death on the 6th of December, 1870, in the dreadful railway collision at Brockley Whins, near Sunderland.

He was a man of earnest piety, and very active in the duties of social and spiritual life. He has left a large family of ten children, who are orphaned altogether, as his wife’s health rapidly sank after the accident, and she died in the following February. The railway authorities acknowledged the value of such a life by a very large sum in compensation; but a valuable life so suddenly closed has a price beyond estimation by mere pecuniary means.

In mechanical knowledge he was, in a great measure, self taught; but he was possessed of a rare wisdom, and a practical ingenuity that gave promise of rapid advance in pursuits which he cordially loved. Mr. Richardson was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 14th of January, 1868.

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