Robert P. Aitken

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Robert P. Aitken
Assumed office
January 1, 1865
Personal details
Born 1819
Perth, New York
Died 1873
Flint Township, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah J. Aitken (née Johnstone)
Relations David D. Aitken, son
Profession Farmer, Township Supervisor, Insurance company secretary
Religion Episcopalian

Robert P. Aitken (1819–1873) was a Republican politician in the U.S. state of Michigan from 1865–1868, as well as a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War, a township supervisor, a fire insurance company secretary, and a farmer.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in what is now Perth, New York to William Aitken and Helen Aitken (née Chalmers) and raised as an Episcopalian and remained a devout follower for his entire life. He was the fifth of six children. As a teenager he worked in his uncle William Hinton's office.[1]

In 1842, he moved to Flint Township, Michigan.[1]

Military career[edit]

Aitken served in the American Civil War in the Eighth Michigan Infantry.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1865 he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for Genesee County's 2nd District, and was re-elected in 1867.[1][2]

He held the office of Supervisor of Flint Township for twenty nine years. He also acted as secretary of the Genesee County Fire Insurance Company.[1]

Family[edit]

On March 12, 1843 he married Sarah J. Johnstone. They had ten children. One of his sons was David D. Aitken, also a politician.[1]

Death[edit]

He died in 1873 of unknown causes. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Flint, next to his wife and children.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Aitken's 1843 Greek Revival/Italianate style farmhouse at 1110 N. Linden Rd. in Flint Township, Michigan was added to The National Register of Historic Places as an example of high-quality 19th century architecture on November 26, 1982.[3] It remains a private residence.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Chapman Bros. (1892). 1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties. pp. 630–636. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Aikens to Albree". PoliticalGraveyard.com. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Genesee County, Michigan places". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved February 22, 2010.