Robert Beardslee

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Robert L. Beardslee Sr.
58th Speaker of the
California State Assembly
In office
January 1907 – December 1908 [1]
Preceded byFrank C. Prescott
Succeeded byPhilip A. Stanton
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 23rd district
In office
January 2, 1905 - January 2, 1911
Preceded byFrank E. Dunlap
Succeeded byElmer H. McGowen
Personal details
Born(1868-07-12)July 12, 1868
San Joaquin County, California
DiedMarch 15, 1926(1926-03-15) (aged 57)
Political partyRepublican

Robert Lewis Beardslee, Sr. (1868 – 1926) was a Republican city attorney of Stockton, California and state legislator who served as the 36th Speaker of the California State Assembly in the early 1900s.[2]


Robert Beardslee was born in 1868 in San Joaquin County, a rural California county east of the San Francisco Bay Area.[3] He attended public schools and graduated from San Joaquin Valley College. He was admitted to practice law and then served as the City Attorney of Stockton, California in 1905 and 1906.

On November 8, 1904, he was elected to represent the 23rd Assembly District, which encompassed the City of Stockton (now renumbered the 17th Assembly District).[4] Beardslee served in the Assembly until 1911, including service as Speaker of the Assembly during the 1907 session.[5]

His son, Robert L. Beardslee, Jr. (August 3, 1905 – March 3, 1999), was also a lawyer, and was a partner in Neumiller & Beardslee[6] with Charlie Neumiller.


  1. ^ Note: The Assembly was a part-time body at this point, only meeting for a few months in 1907. So technically Beardslee held onto his title as Speaker until a new speaker was elected in January 1909.
  2. ^ California's Legislature, E. Dotson Wilson, Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk, Sacramento, Ca: 2006. page 265.
  3. ^ Biographical and career information from California Blue Book, 1907, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca: 1907. p. 394.
  4. ^ See California Assembly for listing of Assembly Districts and current legislative representative.
  5. ^ See photo of Beardslee in California Blue Book, 1907, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca: 1907. p. 393.
  6. ^ "Home - Neumiller & Beardslee". Retrieved 2016-07-17.

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Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1907–November 1908
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 23rd District
Succeeded by