Robert E. De Forest

Robert Elliott De Forest ( born February 20, 1845 in Guilford, Connecticut; † October 1, 1924 in Bridgeport, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1891 and 1895 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert De Forest attended the common schools and the Guilford Academy. Then he studied until 1867 at Yale College. In 1867 he moved to Royalton, Vermont, where he worked at the Royalton Academy as a teacher. After studying law and its made ​​in 1870 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Bridgeport. In 1872 he was legal representatives of this city. Between 1874 and 1877 De Forest was a judge at the Court of Appeal in Fairfield County.

Politically, De Forest was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1878 he was elected mayor of the city of Bridgeport; In 1880 he was a member of the House of Connecticut. In 1882 he spent a year as a member of the State Senate, then he was a consultant to the city of Bridgeport, whose mayor, he was again in the years 1889 and 1890.

1890 De Forest was in the fourth electoral district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Frederick Miles on March 4, 1891. After a re-election in 1892 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1895 two coherent legislative periods. Since 1893 he was chairman of the committee that dealt with the reform of public services. In the elections of 1894 he was defeated by Republican Ebenezer J. Hill. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives De Forest again worked as an appellate judge. Then he took his profession again. He died in October 1924 in Bridgeport; where he was also buried.