Robert Edward Difenderfer

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Robert E. Difenderfer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1915
Preceded by Irving P. Wanger
Succeeded by Henry Winfield Watson
Personal details
Born (1849-06-07)June 7, 1849
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Died April 25, 1923(1923-04-25) (aged 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic

Robert Edward Difenderfer (June 7, 1849 – April 25, 1923) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Robert E. Difenderfer was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and studied dentistry and practiced this profession for fourteen years in Lewisburg and Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He built and operated the first woolen mill at Tianjin, China. He returned to the United States in August 1900, where he engaged in the wholesale lumber business and as a contractor at Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Difenderfer was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914, 1916, and 1918. He was engaged in the retail confectionery business at Jenkintown, and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1923. Interment in Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Irving P. Wanger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Winfield Watson