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Robert Murphy MAYO

(1836-1896)

MAYO, Robert Murphy, a Representative from Virginia; born in Hague, Westmoreland County, Va., April 28, 1836; attended private schools and William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; was graduated from Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1858; was instructor in mathematics at Mount Pleasant Military Academy, Sing Sing (now Ossining), N.Y., and later at Virginia Military Institute; studied law at Lexington Law School (now Washington and Lee University) in 1858 and 1859; served throughout the Civil War in the Confederate Army, first as major and later as colonel of the Forty-seventh Regiment of Virginia; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hague, Va., in 1865; member of the State house of delegates in 1881, 1882, and 1885-1888; presented credentials as a Readjuster Member-elect to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1883, to March 20, 1884, when he was succeeded by George T. Garrison, who contested the election; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; died in Hague, Va., March 29, 1896; interment in Yeocomico Cemetery, Tucker Hill, Westmoreland County, Va.

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

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