Robert Washington Fyan

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Robert Washington Fyan (March 11, 1835 - July 28, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania, Fyan attended the common schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Marshfield, Missouri. County attorney in 1859. He entered the Union Army in June 1861, serving with Colonel Hampton's regiment, Webster County Home Guards, the Twenty-fourth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and the Forty-sixth Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry. Circuit attorney in 1865 and 1866. Circuit judge of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Missouri from April 1866 to January 1883.

In 1870, lived in Lebanon, Missouri.[1]

He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1875.

He moved to Webster County, Missouri before 1880.[2]

Robert Fyan was married to Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ P. Hyer of Dent County, Missouri who died in the cyclone/tornado that struck Marshfield, Missouri on 18 Apr 1880.[3]

Robert Fyan was the Judge in Laclede County, Missouri who resided over the first legal hanging in Laclede County. The case was the 'State of Missouri' verses Joseph Core. The trial started August 4, 1879. Robert Fyan sentenced Joseph Core as follows: 'he was to be taken to the place of execution and there be hanged by the neck until he be dead.' Joseph Core was convicted for murdering George E. King.[4]

Fyan was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885).

Fyan was elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He resumed the practice of law. He died in Marshfield, Missouri, July 28, 1896. He was interred in Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Missouri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlene S. Chambers-King, Hanging in Laclede County, Missouri, The Core and King Story, 2013, https://sites.google.com/site/charlenechambersking/home
  2. ^ Charlene S. Chambers-King, Hanging in Laclede County, Missouri, The Core and King Story, 2013, https://sites.google.com/site/charlenechambersking/home
  3. ^ Charlene S. Chambers-King, Hanging in Laclede County, Missouri, The Core and King Story, 2013, https://sites.google.com/site/charlenechambersking/home
  4. ^ Charlene S. Chambers-King, Hanging in Laclede County, Missouri, The Core and King Story, 2013, https://sites.google.com/site/charlenechambersking/home