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Samuel Matthews ROBERTSON

(1852-1911)

ROBERTSON, Samuel Matthews, (son of Edward White Robertson), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, La., January 1, 1852; attended Magruder’s Collegiate Institute, Baton Rouge, La., and was graduated from the Louisiana State University in 1874; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Baton Rouge, La.; elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1879; member of the faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agriculture and Mechanical College in 1880; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Edward White Robertson; reelected to the Fifty-first and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from December 5, 1887, to March 3, 1907; chairman, Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River (Fifty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906; resumed the practice of law in Baton Rouge; superintendent of the Louisiana School for the Deaf and Dumb 1908-1911; died in Baton Rouge, La., December 24, 1911; interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

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

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