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RICHARDSON, WILLIAM (?–?). William Richardson was appointed surgeon of the Texas Army by Stephen F. Austin on October 23, 1835, and resigned from the post on February 4, 1836. Richardson was living in Louisiana in 1865, when he conceived the idea of building torpedo boats to patrol the waters between Texas and Louisiana. Governor Pendleton Murrah of Texas approved the plan, and Richardson was on his way to secure the approval of the governor of Louisiana, when he received news of the Confederate surrender. Federal troops discovered and destroyed his unfinished boat.


Pat Ireland Nixon, The Medical Story of Early Texas, 1528–1853 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Lupe Memorial Fund, 1946).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"RICHARDSON, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.