Robert S. Hale

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Robert S. Hale

Robert Safford Hale (September 24, 1822 – December 14, 1881) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Chelsea, Vermont, Hale attended South Royalton (Vermont) Academy, and was graduated from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1842. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Elizabethtown, New York, in 1847. He served as judge of Essex County 1856–1864.

He was elected a Regent of the University of the State of New York in 1859.

He served as special counsel of the United States charged with the defense of the "abandoned and captured property claims" 1868–1870 and as Agent and counsel for the United States before the American and British Mixed Commission under the Treaty of Washington 1871–1873.

Hale was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Orlando Kellogg and served from December 3, 1865, to March 3, 1867.

Hale was elected to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875). He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-third Congress).

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1874.

He was appointed a commissioner of the State survey April 29, 1876, in which capacity he was serving when he died in Elizabethtown, New York, on December 14, 1881. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

State Senator Matthew Hale (1829–1897) was his brother.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Orlando Kellogg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

1865–1867
Succeeded by
Orange Ferriss
Preceded by
William A. Wheeler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

1873–1875
Succeeded by
Martin I. Townsend