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Durbin Richardson (1882 - 1958)

Durbin Richardson
Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 20 Jun 1923 in Monroe, New York, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Rochester, Monroe, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jul 2019
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Durbin Richardson was born in November 7, 1882.[1][2][3][4][5] 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.[6] This company was known as Richardson Corporation and it was incorporated by Alick, Durbin and I. Charles Haskin on December 15, 1915.[7] 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.[6]

The basic product of their company is root beer, a formula developed by Charles I. Haskin, who was their chief chemist.[6]

Durbin lost his use of legs after a spine injury and later became deaf.[6]

Durbin Richardson died February 10, 1958 in Rochester, New York.[5][6] He is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States.[5]


  1. 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
  2. United States Census, 1910 FamilySearch. Durbin Richardson, Minneapolis Ward 8, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 149, sheet 1B, family 448
  3. 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
  4. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 FamilySearch. Durbin Richardson, 1917-1918; citing Rochester City no 6, New York, United States
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Find A Grave memorial page for Durbin Richardson (7 Nov 1882–10 Feb 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71875768, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Durbin Richardson Dies of Pneumonia in Miami Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). 11 Feb 1958, Tue. Page 26
  7. Firm Celebrates 50th Year. Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). 17 Dec 1965, Fri. Page 25.

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