L. Richardson Preyer

U.S. Congressperson

1919 – 2001


Who was L. Richardson Preyer?

Lunsford Richardson Preyer, who typically went by 'Richardson' or 'Rich,' was a jurist and a U.S. representative in Congress from North Carolina. He was the grandson of inventor Lunsford Richardson. His parents were William Yost Preyer and Mary Norris Richardson daughter of Lunsford Richardson and Mary Lynn Smith. He was married to Emily Irving Harris.

Preyer, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, graduated from Woodberry Forest School and from Princeton University in 1941, with a B.A. majoring in English. At Princeton he was on the 150 lb. football team and the golf team and was vice-president of Tower Club. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 through 1946 serving as gunnery officer and executive officer on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He received a Bronze Star for action at Okinawa. In 1949, he earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.

He worked for Vick Chemical Company in 1950 before serving as a North Carolina superior court judge from 1956 to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He resigned as a judge in 1963 and became a candidate for Governor of North Carolina. Preyer eventually lost in the 1964 Democratic Party primary runoff to another former judge, Dan K. Moore. I. Beverly Lake, Sr. was also a candidate in the Democratic primary.

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Jan 11, 1919
Also known as
  • Judge L. Richardson Preyer
  • United States of America
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard Law School
  • Woodberry Forest School
Lived in
  • North Carolina
Apr 3, 2001

on July 23, 2013


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