WILLIAM RICHARDS, the oldest native born citizen of Steubenville, was born in a log cabin which stood on a lot adjoining the one he now occupies, February 10, 1809. He is the son of Stephen and Mary Richards, who were located at Steubenville about the time that place began to have an existence, and who spent the remainder of their lives there. They had eight children, of whom William was the sixth, and is now the only one living. His father in early manhood worked as a stone mason, but finally turned his attention to butchering, and followed that until broken health and old age compelled him to retire from the active duties of life. Both he and wife reached a ripe old age. Their son William is now eighty years of age and has had his home throughout life upon a spot of ground 60 x 180 feet. He learned the butcher's trade with his father, and this was his vocation until he retired from active business about the time of the civil war. Mr. Richards was married January 6, 1842, to Angeline Smith, who was born on Market street, May 12, 1813. She is the daughter of Jabez and Asenath (Dunn) Smith, who were among the earliest settlers of Steubenville. Of their eight children she was the third, and is one of the two now living. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Richards was born one child, Homer, who lived three weeks. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he was formerly a democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson, but in 1864, he voted for Abraham Lincoln, and he has since been a member of the republican party.
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