William A. Richards was born in Hazel Green, Wisconsin on March 9, 1849 and attended public schools there and in Galena, Illinois. Richards came to Wyoming in 1873 and surveyed the southern and western boundaries of the Territory with his brother. He left Wyoming for several years but returned in 1884 and was elected county commissioner of Johnson County in 1886. President Harrison appointed Richards surveyor general of the Territory in 1889. He was elected governor and served from January 7, 1895 to January 2, 1899. Governor Richards also served as Commissioner of the United States General Land Office and as Commissioner of Taxation for Wyoming. William A. Richards died in Australia July 25, 1912.
Term as Governor: Monday, January 07, 1895 - Monday, January 02, 1899