Robert G. Cousins

Robert Gordon Cousins ​​(* January 31, 1859 in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, † June 20, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1909 he represented the state of Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Cousins ​​attended the public schools of his home and thereafter until 1881, the Cornell College in Mount Vernon. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1882 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Tipton. At the same time he embarked on a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In 1886 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Iowa. Between 1888 and 1890 he was District Attorney in Cedar County.

1892 Cousins ​​in the fifth electoral district of Iowa was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1893, the successor of John Taylor Hamilton of the Democratic Party. After seven elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1909 a total of eight contiguous legislatures. Between 1897 and 1907 he was chairman of the committee that controlled the expenditure of the Ministry of Finance; 1907 to 1909 he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. During his time in Congress of the Spanish-American War of 1898 took place. At that time were, among others, the Philippines under American control. Regardless of this war came in 1898 and the former Kingdom of Hawaii under American administration.

In 1908, Cousins ​​gave up another candidacy. In the following years he worked again as a lawyer in Tipton. He also worked as a writer and gave lectures. Robert Cousins ​​died on June 20, 1933 in Iowa City and was buried near Tipton.