also known as Richard M. Bishop
and Papa Richard
, was an American
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politician from the U.S. state
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. Bishop served as the 34th Governor of Ohio
Richard Moore Bishop
was born in Fleming County, Kentucky
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, and received business training in his home state. He came to Cincinnati, Ohio
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in 1848, and had a wholesale grocery business on the Public Landing as Bishop and Wells
and later R. M. Bishop and Company
. In 1857 he became councilman, and 1858, president of the Council. He was Mayor
from 1859 to 1861, and declined re-nomination.
While Bishop was mayor, the Prince of Wales
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accepted his invitation to visit the city, and, despite being a Democrat, Bishop made the address of welcome to President Lincoln
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as he passed through on the way to his inauguration. He presided over the great Union meeting held the first year of the war.
From 1859 to 1869, Bishop was President of the Ohio Missionary State Society, and he also served as President of the General Christian Missionary Convention. He was also a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1873. He was a mover in promoting the Cincinnati Southern Railway.
In 1877, the Democrats nominated Bishop for Governor, and he defeated Republican William H. West
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and three other candidates with a plurality, but not majority of the votes. Bishop served a single two year term as Governor, and was not re-nominated by his party. A Democratic writer summed up his administration thusly:
Bishop died at Jacksonville, Florida
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March 2, 1893.