R. H. Dickinson was a slave trader in Richmond. Born probably on his parents’ Caroline County plantation, he moved to Richmond and went into thethere with one or both of his brothers. They purchased slaves in Virginia and Maryland for resale in bigger, Deep South markets, and in 1856 may have earned as much as $200,000. Dickinson was a part owner of the Saint Charles Hotel, where he conducted at least some of his sales and may have had an office. During the (1861–1865), he and sold slaves right up to the . The end of the Confederacy and the erased much of Dickinson’s wealth, and little is known of his life after the war. He died in 1873.