Durbin Richardson was born in November 7, 1882. He is the son of William Fairman Richardson and Elizabeth Lawson.
Durbin and his cousin Alick Richardson came to Rochester from Pittsburgh when they were young men and went to work for J. Hungerford Smith Co., manufacturers of soda fountain supplies. Durbin became a salesman. In 1915, Alick left Smith and formed his own company. Durbin went with him as a sales manager. The basic product of their company was root beer, a formula developed by I. Charles Haskin, who was their chief chemist. This company was known as Richardson Corporation and it was incorporated by Alick, Durbin and I. Charles Haskin on December 15, 1915. Their first product was Ritchie Root Beer Syrup.
Durbin served 30 years as vice president and sales manager before becoming chairman of the board in 1952.
The basic product of their company is root beer, a formula developed by Charles I. Haskin, who was their chief chemist.
Durbin lost his use of legs after a spine injury and later became deaf.
Durbin Richardson died February 10, 1958 in Rochester, New York. He is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States.
↑United States Census, 1900 FamilySearch. Durban Richardson in household of Elizabeth Richardson, Precinct 4 Allegheny city Ward 11, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 90, sheet 17B, family 300
↑United States Census, 1910 FamilySearch. Durbin Richardson, Minneapolis Ward 8, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 149, sheet 1B, family 448
↑United States Census, 1920 FamilySearch. Durbin Richardson in household of Alick G Richardson, Rochester Ward 12, Monroe, New York, United States; citing ED 147, sheet 14A, line 26, family 517