Robert S. Garnett (congressman)

Robert Selden Garnett (* April 26, 1789 at Loretto, Essex County, Virginia; † August 15, 1840 at Lloyds, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1827 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Garnett was the younger brother of Congressman James M. Garnett (1770-1843) and a cousin of Charles F. Mercer (1778-1858), who also sat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He attended the College of New Jersey, later Princeton University emerged from the. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started working in Lloyds in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career. In the years 1816 and 1817 he was a member of the House of Representatives of Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1816 Garnett was in the twelfth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William H. Roane on March 4, 1817. After four elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1827 five legislative sessions. The mid- 1820s he joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. In 1826 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Garnett practiced as a lawyer again. He died on August 15, 1840 at his estate near Lloyds Champlain, where he was also buried.