Elements of Literature - Richard Reddin

Richard Reddin

Biography

Richard Reddin (1837-1916)

Richard Reddin was born 15 December 1837 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He attended St. Dunstan's College before being admitted to the Bar on 13 March 1860. He studied law in the office of his older brother, Dennis, and according to the directory of the 1863 Lake Map, the two brothers shared a law office on Dorchester Street.

Richard was very involved in his community. He was 2nd Vice President of the Catholic Young Men's Literary Institute, Secretary of the Benevolent Irish Society, member of the Charlottetown Roman Catholic Building Committee, and a member of the Arbor Society of Charlottetown. He was also a 1st Lieutenant of the 2nd Rifle Company (known as the Irish Volunteers).

In the Spring of 1892, Richard was appointed Surrogate and Judge of Probate and Wills for Prince Edward Island. He held that position until his death in 1916.

Richard married Mary Aloysia Mockler Burke on 14 Sep 1884 in Boston, MA. Burke was Mary's first married name, she was widow of Milo Burke. Richard adopted all four of Mary's children from her first marriage, Stephen, Milo, Mary and Bessie. They did not have any children together.

Richard Reddin died on 8 April 1916. Mary died in February 1926.

The book UPEI copy of Elements of Literature, by. E.A. Ansley includes the following inscription:

Dennis Reddin presented to his brother Richard. September 2?, 1852

Richard would have been 14 years old when he received the book from his 22 year old brother Dennis.

In Richard's obituary, found in the 8 April 1916 edition of the Daily Patriot, he is noted as genial, honourable, charitable, friendly to all and “one of the best read men in the Province”.

Sources:

Reddin, Aggi-Rose. The Reddins of Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island: New Dominion, 2005.

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