Robert Turnbull (American politician)

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Robert Turnbull
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 8, 1910 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Francis R. Lassiter
Succeeded by Walter A. Watson
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 28th district
In office
December 4, 1895 – December 6, 1899
Preceded by Walter A. Watson
Succeeded by William Hodges Mann
Personal details
Born (1850-03-11)March 11, 1850
Lawrenceville, Virginia
Died January 22, 1920(1920-01-22) (aged 70)
Lawrenceville, Virginia
Resting place Lawrenceville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession lawyer

Robert Turnbull (January 11, 1850 – January 22, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Lawrenceville, Virginia, Turnbull attended Rock Spring Academy, and was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1871. He was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Lawrenceville, Virginia. He served as clerk of Brunswick County in 1891–1910. He served as member of the Senate of Virginia in 1894–1898. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1901. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1896 and 1904.

Turnbull was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis R. Lassiter. He was reelected to the Sixty-second Congress and served from March 8, 1910, to March 3, 1913. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912. He resumed the practice of law in Lawrenceville. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Brunswick County from 1916 until his death, January 22, 1920. He was interred in Lawrenceville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1910; Turnbull was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed in a special election and was re-elected in the general election unopposed.
  • 1912; Turnbull lost his re-election bid.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis R. Lassiter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter A. Watson