Robert Henry Whitelaw

Robert Henry Whitelaw (* January 30, 1854 at Lloyds, Essex County, Virginia; † July 27, 1937 in Blytheville, Arkansas ) was an American politician. In 1890 and 1891 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


1856 Robert Whitelaw came with his father in the Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Ten years later, he returned to Virginia, where he attended private schools in Tappahannock and Staunton. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his 1873 was admitted to the bar he began in Cape Girardeau to work in this profession. In the same year he became municipal attorney there. Between 1874 and 1878 was Whitelaw prosecutor in Cape Girardeau County. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1883 and 1887 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri.

After the death of Mr James P. Walker, he was at the due election for the 14 seats of Missouri as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 4 November 1890. Since he resigned at the regular congressional elections of 1890 on another candidacy, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1891. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Whitelaw practiced until 1927 again as a lawyer in Cape Girardeau. Then he withdrew into retirement, he first spent in Blodgett and from 1934 onwards in Blytheville. There he died on July 27, 1937.