Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PREYER, Lunsford Richardson (1919-2001)

PREYER, LUNSFORD RICHARDSON, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., January 11, 1919; graduated from Woodberry Forest High School, Woodberry Forest, Va.; A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1941; L.L.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1949; United States Navy, 1941-1946; city judge, 1953-1954; North Carolina state superior court judge, 1956-1961; United States District Court Judge, 1961-1963; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1964; senior vice president, trust officer, city executive of North Carolina National Bank, Greensboro, N.C., 1964-1966; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1981); chairman, Select Committee on Ethics (Ninety-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; was a resident of Greensboro, N.C. until his death on April 3, 2001, in Greensboro, N.C.; interment in Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, N.C.

East Carolina University
East Carolina Manuscript Collection J.Y. Joyner Library
Greenville, NC
Papers: 1964-1980, 363 cubic feet.
This collection contains material documenting the Congressional career of Lunsford Richardson Preyer. Mr. Preyer of Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for twelve years. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1900-2004, 96.5 linear feet.
he collection documents the public and private life of "Rich" Preyer; his wife, Emily Harris Preyer (1919-1999); their children; and other Preyer and Richardson family members. Political papers follow Preyer from his failed candidacy for governor of North Carolina in 1964 to his role as advisor and fundraiser for the Democratic Party after he left elected office in 1981. Most materials pertain to his six-terms in Congress representing the sixth district of North Carolina, including his service on the Select Committee on Assassinations. Also documented are the Preyers' extensive civic and philanthropic work for education, the environment, health care, legal affairs, politics, social uplift, and the First Presbyterian Church. Richardson family materials show Preyer's contributions to family interests, including the Vick Chemical Company; the Lunsford Richardson Memorial Hospital, which served African Americans in Greensboro; the Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.; and other family businesses. Preyer's law practice and judicial appointments are also documented, as are his speaking and teaching activities after 1981. These materials reflect Preyer's interests in education, the Democratic Party, ethics, media, politics, and health policy. Emily Harris Preyer papers include speeches and other materials that document her roles as civic leader in her own right and supportive wife of a politician. Also included are biographical materials, scrapbooks, photographs, audio-visual items, and other materials documenting familial relationships and academic and leisure activities of Preyer and his family. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Richardson Preyer, Democratic Representative from North Carolina. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.