Thomas Charles Richmond was born, of Protestant parentage, in Belturbet, province of Ulster, Ireland, November 30, 1848, coming to this country with his parents when 12 years of age. He studied in private schools, graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin, and later studied law in the Boston Law School. He was formerly a Republican in politics, and liberal or agnostic in religion. He enlisted as a volunteer in the Union army when but 16 years of age, and served until the close of the war. He was, for four years, county superintendent of schools in Green County, Wisconsin.
He became identified with the Prohibition Party in 1882 and was the Party’s candidate for member of Congress from Wisconsin in 1886, and again in 1888, and candidate for governor in 1892. Almost immediately upon his identification with the Party, he was induced to enter the field as an advocate of its principles, and he is recognized as one of its ablest, most eloquent, and successful platform speakers. A volume entitled “The Issue of ’88,” containing several of Mr. Richmond’s platform addresses and other articles from his pen, was published in 1888 and had an extensive circulation in Wisconsin, California, and other States.
For about seven years he was chairman of the State Central Prohibition Committee, and during the entire time he not only attended to the details of the office business of the position but was almost constantly in the field attending conferences and addressing public meetings, working day and night.
Mr. Richmond lives in Madison, Wisconsin and is a lawyer of large and increasing practice.
— Data from An Album of Representative Prohibitionists (1895)