Robert T. Van Horn

Robert Thompson Van Horn ( born May 19, 1824 in East Mahoning, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, † January 3, 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1897 he represented several times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Van Horn attended the common schools and then completed an apprenticeship in the printing trade. In 1844 he moved to Pomeroy, Ohio. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1850 admitted to the bar he began in Pomeroy to work in this profession. In 1855 he moved to Kansas City, where he was elected in 1857 to the City Council. Between 1857 and 1861 Van Horn was postmaster in Kansas City. There he also founded the newspaper "Kansas City Journal ," which he self-published and edited. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In the years 1861 and 1863 he was elected mayor of Kansas City. Between 1862 and 1864 he sat in the Senate from Missouri. In addition to these activities, he served during the Civil War as a lieutenant colonel in the army of the Union. He belonged to an infantry unit composed of volunteers from Missouri.

In the congressional elections of 1864 Van Horn was in the sixth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Austin Augustus King on March 4, 1865. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1871 three legislative periods. These were initially overshadowed by the tensions between his party and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed to impeach Johnson. During this time, the 13th, the 14th and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. Van Horn sat down, inter alia, for the expansion of the railway network. He was involved in the political plans of the first railway bridge over the Mississippi River.

In 1870, Van Horn forgo another candidacy. Between 1874 and 1876 he was chairman of the Republican State; 1875 to 1881 he headed the tax authority in the sixth tax district of Missouri. Between 1864 and 1884 Van Horn took part in all Republican National Convention as a delegate. In addition he was in the years 1872 and 1884 to the Republican National Committee. In the elections of 1880 Van Horn was elected to Congress again in the eighth district of his state, where he Samuel Locke Sawyer replaced on March 4, 1881. Until March 3, 1883, he could spend another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1894 he was a candidate in the fifth district of his state again for Congress. He defeated the incumbent John Charles Tarsney of the Democratic Party. Van Horn put but against the outcome of this election filing an opposition. When this was granted, he could take on 27 February 1896 the mandate of Tarsney and end the current parliamentary term until March 3, 1897. In 1896, he was not nominated by his party for re-election.

After his final retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Van Horn also gave up his publishing activities and withdrew into retirement. He died on January 3, 1916 at his estate " Honeywood " near Kansas City.