Richard Charles Hardisty (March 3, 1831 – October 18, 1889) was a politician from Northwest Territories, Canada. He married Eliza McDougall on Sept 21, 1866 while he was a Hudson's Bay Company employee. Richard ran as an Independent Conservative in the 1887 Canadian federal election and finished a close second in the Alberta (Provisional District). He lost to Donald Watson Davis. Richard was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the advice of John A. Macdonald on February 23, 1888. He died just a year later while still holding his Senate seat on October 18, 1889. The village of Hardisty, Alberta is named in his honour.