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Robert Henry WHITELAW

(1854-1937)

WHITELAW, Robert Henry, a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Lloyds, Essex County, Va., January 30, 1854; moved with his father to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1856; returned to Essex County, Va., in 1866; attended private schools in Tappahannock and Staunton, Va., and the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; city attorney in 1873; prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County 1874-1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1883 and 1887; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Peter Walker and served from November 4, 1890, to March 3, 1891; was not a candidate for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; retired from active law practice in 1927 and moved to Blodgett, Mo., and in 1934 to Blytheville, Ark., where he died on July 27, 1937; interment in Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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

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