Robert S. Garnett (congressman)

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This article is about the Virginia politician and lawyer. For the Civil War Confederate General, see Robert S. Garnett.

Robert Selden Garnett (April 26, 1789 – August 15, 1840) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Virginia. He was the brother of James M. Garnett and the first cousin of Charles F. Mercer.


Born at "Mount Pleasant" near Loretto, Virginia, Garnett attended the College of New Jersey. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Lloyds, Virginia. Garnett became a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1816 and 1817 and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1816, serving from 1817 to 1827 as both a Democratic-Republican and a Jacksonian. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1826 and instead continued to practice law in Lloyds until his death on August 15, 1840 at his estate called "Champlain" in Lloyds. He was interred in the family cemetery on the estate.

He married and had children by Charlotte de Gouges, granddaughter of France's early great feminist Olympe de Gouges, who was executed during the Reign of Terror in the Place de la Concorde.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Roane
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1827 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
John Roane