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Robert E. De Forest

Robert Elliott De Forest
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th congressional district
In office
1891 – 1895[1][2]
Preceded by Frederick Miles
Succeeded by Ebenezer J. Hill
Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut
In office
1878 –   , 1889 –[1][2]
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
1882 –  [1][2]
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
1880 –  [1][2]
Personal details
Born (1845-02-20)February 20, 1845[1][2]
Guilford, Connecticut[1][2]
Died October 1, 1924(1924-10-01) (aged 79)[1][2]
Bridgeport, Connecticut[1]
Resting place Mountain Grove Cemetery[1][2]
Political party Democratic[1]
Residence Bridgeport, Connecticut
Alma mater Guilford Academy (1863)[1]
Yale College (1867)[1]
Occupation lawyer[1]

Robert Elliott De Forest (February 20, 1845 - October 1, 1924) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th congressional district. He served as the mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1878, and again in 1889. He also served in the Connecticut Senate and Connecticut House of Representatives.

Early life

He was born in Guilford, Connecticut and attended the common schools. He was graduated from Guilford Academy in 1863 and from Yale College in 1867. He moved to Royalton, Vermont, in 1867 and became an instructor in the Royalton Academy. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Political career

He served as prosecuting attorney for Bridgeport in 1872. He served as judge of the court of common pleas for Fairfield County in 1874-1877.

He served as mayor of Bridgeport in 1878.

He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1880.

He served in the State senate in 1882.

He was Corporation counsel for Bridgeport.

De Forest was again elected mayor in 1889 and 1890.

De Forest was elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Reform in the Civil Service (Fifty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress.

He served two terms as judge of the common pleas court. He resumed the practice of law in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he died October 1, 1924.

He was interred in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Frederick Miles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

1891 – 1895
Succeeded by
Ebenezer J. Hill
Preceded by
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Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut
1889
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Member of the Connecticut Senate
1882
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
1880
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut
1878
Succeeded by
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