RICHARDSON, RICHARD ALLISON [BOOGER RED]
RICHARDSON, RICHARD ALLISON [BOOGER RED] (1902–1978). Richard Allison (Dick, Booger Red) Richardson, mustang (self-educated) lawyer, was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas, on February 7, 1902, the oldest of four children of William Francis and Margaret Richardson. He was known as "Booger Red" for his red hair. The family moved to Hardin County in 1915. Richardson was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. He studied law at night with candlelight under the guidance of Judge Andrew Leak Bevil, Bryant Coe, and Thomas B. Coe. Richardson took the bar exam with Donald Allums, Sr., who later became his law partner, and it is reported that he made one of the highest grades ever recorded. He was admitted to the bar on January 17, 1934. He became known as the poor man's attorney, since he took cases of clients who had no means to pay. He cut logs to send his brother and sisters to school. Both sisters became teachers like their mother. One, Mertice, was the first female Hardin County school superintendent (1928–34). In 1940 Richardson served as a government field agent, but resigned in 1941 to volunteer in the United States Navy. He became a gunnery officer in the Pacific. At the end of World War II, on the return trip to Texas, he stopped in Washington, D.C., where he was certified to practice before the Supreme Court. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Richardson served as county attorney of Hardin County from 1947 to 1954 and district attorney of the Eighty-eighth Judicial District (Hardin and Tyler counties) from 1961 to 1968. He married Katharine Robertson on December 31, 1948, and they had two children. He died on June 26, 1978, and was buried in Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze.
Hardin County Historical Commission, The History of Hardin County, Texas (Dallas: Curtis, 1991).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Sharon Richardson Eaves, "RICHARDSON, RICHARD ALLISON [BOOGER RED]," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fridl), accessed February 06, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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