J. Robert Lamar

James Robert Lamar ( born March 28, 1866 in Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri, † August 11 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1909 he represented two times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Lamar attended the common schools and the Licking Academy. After that, he taught for several years as a teacher. In 1889, he led the Licking Academy. After studying law and his 1889 was admitted as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. From 1890 to 1894 he was a prosecutor in Texas County. He then practiced as a lawyer in Houston. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1894-1896 he headed the Democratic Congressional committee in the 13th electoral district of his state.

In the congressional elections of 1902, Lamar was in the then newly created 16th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1903. Since he Republican Arthur P. Murphy defeated in 1904, he was able to complete only one legislative sessions in Congress until March 3, 1905. Two years later Lamar was re-elected in the 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he replaced Murphy again on March 4, 1907. Until March 3, 1909, he was able to remain another term in Congress. In the elections of 1908 he lost again against Arthur Murphy.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Lamar practiced again as a lawyer in Houston. In 1920 he was president of the Bar Association of Missouri. He died on August 11, 1923 in St. Louis, and was buried in his hometown of Houston.