Robert Hamilton (congressman)

Robert Hamilton ( born December 9, 1809 in Hamburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, † March 14, 1878 in Newton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1877 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Hamilton attended the public schools of his home and moved in 1831 to Newton. After a subsequent law degree in 1836 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started to work there in his new profession. Between 1848 and 1858, as well as in the years 1868 and 1869 he served as a prosecutor in Sussex County. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. In 1860 he was a delegate to two Democratic National Conventions, which were held in Charleston and Baltimore. In the years 1863 and 1864 was Hamilton and President of the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1865 to 1878 he also served as president of the Merchant's National Bank.

In the congressional elections of 1872 Hamilton in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Hill on March 4, 1873. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1877 two legislative sessions. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Hamilton practiced as a lawyer again. He was also a director of the railway company Morris and Essex Railroad. He died on March 14, 1878 in Newton, where he was also buried.