Robert A. Childs

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Robert Andrew Childs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by Lewis Steward
Succeeded by Albert J. Hopkins
Personal details
Born March 22, 1845
Malone, New York
Died December 19, 1915 (aged 70)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Alma mater Illinois State Normal University, 1870

Robert Andrew Childs (March 22, 1845 – December 19, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Malone, New York, Childs moved to Illinois with his parents, who settled near Belvidere, Boone County, in 1852. He attended the common schools. During the Civil War enlisted in Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut's company, which subsequently became a part of the 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and served throughout the war. He graduated from the Illinois State Normal University in 1870. He was principal and superintendent of the public schools in Amboy 1871–1873. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Belvidere, Illinois. He settled in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, in July 1873. He served as member of the village board of trustees and president of the school board.

Childs was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894. He resumed the practice of law in Chicago. He died in Hinsdale, Illinois, December 19, 1915. He was interred in Bronswood Cemetery.

The Robert A. and Mary Childs House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis Steward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Albert J. Hopkins