Robert Murphy Mayo

Robert Murphy Mayo ( born April 28, 1836 in Hague, Westmoreland County, Virginia; † March 29, 1896 ) was an American politician. In 1883 and 1884 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Mayo attended private schools and then the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. In 1858 he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He then taught at the Mount Pleasant Military Academy in upstate New York and later at the Virginia Military Institute mathematics. At the same time he started at the Lexington Law School, which later became Washington and Lee University, a law degree. During the Civil War he served first as a major and later as a colonel in the army of the Confederacy. After the war, he was admitted to the Bar in 1865, after which he worked in his native Hague in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the years 1881 and 1882 and again from 1885 to 1888 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1882 Mayo was short-lived as the candidate of Readjuster party in the first election District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the previous incumbent George Tankard Garrison on March 4, 1883. This appealed against the election results a contradiction. When this was granted, Mayo had his mandate on March 20, 1884 again cede to Garrison. For the regular elections of 1884 he applied unsuccessfully to make his return to the Congress.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Mayo practiced as a lawyer again. He died on 29 March 1896 in his native Hague.