Robert Neill (American politician)

Robert Neill (* November 12, 1838 in Desha, Independence County, Arkansas, † February 16, 1907 in Batesville, Arkansas ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1897 he represented the sixth electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Neill attended the common schools and then learned the profession of surveyor. In August 1860 he began to work in Independence County in this profession. During the Civil War he was a soldier in the army of the Confederate States, in whose ranks he rose to the Captain. After the war Robert Neill 1866-1868 as a bailiff at the District Court in Independence County operates. At the same time he studied law. After his 1868 was admitted to the bar he began in 1872 to work in Batesville in this profession. Neill was until 1882 a member of the militia of Arkansas and brought it there until the Brigadier General.

Neill was a member of the Democratic Party and in 1868 a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York. At the party congress in Arkansas the same year he served as its vice president. In the congressional elections of 1892 Neill was elected in the newly created sixth district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. After a re-election in 1894 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1897 two legislative sessions. For the elections of 1896 he was not re-nominated by his party. After retiring from Congress Neill again worked as a lawyer. Between 1899 and 1900 he was chairman of the railroad committee of Arkansas. Robert Neill died in February 1907 in Batesville and was also buried there.