(also Erwin H. Richards)
Born in Orwell, Ohio, studied theology (A.B. 1877, M.A. 1880), (B. Sacred Theology 1880), and the University of New Orleans awarded him an honorary doctorate (Hon. D. Div. 1897).
Worked as a missionary mainly in Mozambique, Africa from 1880 to 1908, setting up churches, schools and writing a book on an African language and translating the Bible and hymns into African languages.
Two wives died while they were overseas. Richards was survived by his third wife and four daughters.
Richards was awarded US Patent number 448574 in 1891.