George M. Robeson

George Maxwell Robeson (* March 16, 1829 in Oxford Township, Warren County, New Jersey; † September 27, 1897 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician ( Republican). He served under President Ulysses S. Grant, the Office of the U.S. Navy Minister.

Robeson studied law and was first prosecutor in Camden County. During the Civil War he was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to brigadier general in the U.S. Army. In this role, he led a training camp for soldiers in Woodbury. After the war he was from 1867 to 1869 Attorney General of New Jersey.

President Grant took Robeson as successor to Adolph E. Borie, who resigned after a few months in office as Secretary of the Navy, in his Cabinet. With the end of Grant's presidency on March 4, 1877 Robeson also resigned from the government.

In 1876 he was the Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, but he was denied by the Democrat John R. McPherson. For a short time he then worked again as a lawyer in New Jersey. 1878 Robeson was elected for the first election District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1883. As a result, he returned to his office to New Jersey back before he died in 1897.