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Robert Barnwell ROOSEVELT

(1829-1906)

ROOSEVELT, Robert Barnwell, (nephew of James I. Roosevelt and uncle of Theodore Roosevelt), a Representative from New York; born in New York City August 7, 1829; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice in New York City; fish commissioner of the State of New York 1868-1888; for several years edited the New York Citizen; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); appointed by President Cleveland as Minister to The Hague and served from 1888 to 1890; treasurer of the Democratic National Committee in 1892; member of the Board of Aldermen of New York City; served as trustee representing the city of New York for the New York and Brooklyn Bridge from 1879 to 1882; died in Sayville, Suffolk County, N.Y., on June 14, 1906; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

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