Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1935, until December 31, 1940. For one year he was Chief Justice.
Born at Red Oak, Iowa, March 16, 1874. He was graduated from Grinnell College in 1894. After his admission to the bar in 1896 he began the practice of law at Red Oak in partnership with his father, C. E. Richards, He served as City Attorney for four years and as County Attorney for two years. From 1923 to 1931 he served as Referee in Bankruptcy at Council Bluffs.
After retirement from the court he served as Referee for the National Railroad Adjustment Board at Chicago.
Justice Richards died December 17, 1956.