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Richardson Saunders

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas (Bahamas)
Death: October 26, 1939 (62)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Place of Burial: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Richardson Saunders and Margaret Ellen Saunders
Husband of Althea Saunders
Brother of Catherine Mary Perpall; Robert Charles Saunders and Margaret Louise Morley

Occupation: Engineer, financial adviser, government official, civil servant
Managed by: Charlotte Aimee Gillbanks
Last Updated:

About Richardson Saunders

Richardson Saunders was a Bahamian-American businessperson and public official who held a variety of important positions, including:

  • Chief engineer for the City of New York
  • Financial adviser and consultant to the United States Shipping Board
  • President of the Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Fiscal agent for J. C. Penney
  • Member of the Board of Regents at the University of Miami
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the City National Bank
  • Special Assistant to United States Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins

Per Ann Morley Carmel:

Richardson Saunders was born 23 July 1877 in Nassau, Bahamas. He was the oldest son of Reverend Richardson Saunders, the longest serving Rector of St. Matthew's Anglican Church, and his second wife, Margaret Ellen Perpall.

Mr. Saunders left the Bahamas to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and he subsequently spent 12 years as an engineer/chief engineer for the City of New York. From 1919 to 1923, he served the US Shipping Board as consulting engineer and financial advisor. In 1926, Mr Saunders moved to Miami, Florida and became president of the Chamber of Commerce, fiscal agent for the Penney stores, served on the Board of Regents at the University of Miami, and accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the City National Bank. He married Althea Bishop in Lake, Florida in 1927.

Richardson and Althea Saunders moved to Washington, DC in 1933. Until his death in October 1939, Richardson served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. His funeral was held at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church and he was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in the District of Columbia.

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Richardson Saunders's Timeline

1877
July 23, 1877
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
1939
October 26, 1939
Age 62
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States