Edward White Robertson

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Edward White Robertson
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Edward White Robertson
United States House of Representatives, Sixth District of Louisiana
In office
1877–1883
Preceded by Charles Edmund Nash
Succeeded by Edward Taylor Lewis
In office
1887–1887
Preceded by Alfred Briggs Irion
Succeeded by Samuel Matthews Robertson
Personal details
Born (1823-06-13)June 13, 1823
near Nashville, Tennessee
Died August 2, 1887(1887-08-02) (aged 64)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Pope
Children Samuel Matthews Robertson
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater Centenary College, Augusta College
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Edward White Robertson (June 13, 1823 – August 2, 1887) was a United States Representative from Louisiana. He was also the father of Samuel Matthews Robertson. He was born near Nashville, Tennessee. Robertson moved with his parents to Iberville Parish, Louisiana in 1825. He attended the country schools and the preparatory department of Centenary College, Jackson, Louisiana and he attended Augusta College in Kentucky, in 1842. Later, he entered Nashville University and commenced the study of law in 1845.

Robertson served in the Mexican-American War in 1846 as orderly sergeant in the Second Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers. After the war, he served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives 1847–1849. He later graduated from the law department of the University of Louisiana in 1850. He was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Iberville and East Baton Rouge Parishes before he was again elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1853. In addition, he served as the Louisiana state Auditor of Public Accounts 1857–1862.

Robertson entered the Confederate Army during the American Civil War in March 1862 as Captain of a company which he had raised for the Twenty-seventh Regiment, Louisiana Infantry. Later, he resumed the practice of law in Baton Rouge. Elected as a Democrat, he served in the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883). In Congress, he served as chairman, Committee on the Mississippi Levees (Forty-fifth Congress), and as a member Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River (Forty-sixth Congress). He was unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress. He was elected to the Fiftieth Congress and served from March 4, 1887, until his death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 2, 1887, before the Congress assembled. He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Edmund Nash
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

1877–1883
Succeeded by
Edward Taylor Lewis
Preceded by
Alfred Briggs Irion
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

1887–1887
Succeeded by
Samuel Matthews Robertson