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Robert Griffith HOUSTON

(1867-1946)

HOUSTON, Robert Griffith, (nephew of John Wallace Houston), a Representative from Delaware; born in Milton, Sussex County, Del., October 13, 1867; attended the public schools at Lewes, Del., 1872-1882; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1888 and commenced practice in Georgetown, Sussex County, Del.; member of the Delaware National Guard 1890-1895; owner and publisher of the Sussex Republican 1893-1934; continued its publication under the name of the Sussex Countian 1934-1946; collector of customs for the district of Delaware 1900-1904; president of the First National Bank of Georgetown 1901-1903; member of the citizens’ committee which drafted the Delaware school law enacted in 1921; assistant attorney general of the State 1920-1924 and 1933-1935; employed in the Bureau of Law, Office of the Alien Property; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1933); was not a candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the publishing business and also the practice of law at Georgetown, Del.; died in Lewes, Del., January 29, 1946; interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Lewes, Del.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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