Robert Taylor Thorp

Robert Taylor Thorp (* March 12, 1850 in Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina, † November 26, 1938 in Virginia Beach, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1896 and 1899 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Thorp attended Horner Academy in his hometown of Oxford. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1870 was admitted to the bar he began in Boydton to work in this profession. From 1877 to 1895 he was district attorney in the local Mecklenburg County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1894 he lost to William Robertson McKenney. After a successful appeal against the election Thorp could take over the mandate for the fourth electoral district of Virginia McKenney on May 2, 1896. Until March 3, 1897, he ended the current legislative session in Congress. In the elections of 1896, the scenario of the previous election repeated. Robert Thorp was defeated by Democrats Sydney Parham Epes and appealed against the outcome of the election again successfully lodged an appeal. Between 23 March 1898 and 3 March 1899, he finished again a current term in Congress. In this time of the Spanish-American War was from 1898.

In 1898, Robert Thorp was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on November 26, 1938 in Virginia Beach.