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Robert G. Southall

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Robert Goode Southall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907
Preceded byFrancis R. Lassiter
Succeeded byFrancis R. Lassiter
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Nottoway and Amelia Counties
In office
Preceded byJames Mann
Succeeded byHenry Lee
Personal details
Born(1852-12-26)December 26, 1852
Amelia Court House, Virginia
DiedMay 25, 1924(1924-05-25) (aged 71)
Baltimore, Maryland
Resting placeAmelia Cemetery, Amelia Court House, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Professionlawyer, judge

Robert Goode Southall (December 26, 1852 – May 25, 1924), was an American politician and lawyer, noteworthy as the U.S. Representative from Virginia.

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Born at Amelia Court House, Virginia, Southall attended the Washington Academy and High School of Amelia County, and was Deputy Clerk of Nottoway County in 1873 and 1874.

Southall graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1876. He was admitted to the bar in 1877, and commenced practice at Amelia Court House. He later served as prosecuting attorney for Amelia County, Virginia, from 1884 to 1902.

Southall served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1888 and 1896, and served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1899 to 1904. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907).

He then resumed the practice of law in Amelia County, Virginia, and served as a judge of the fourth judicial circuit court of Virginia from January 1912, until his death in Baltimore, Maryland, May 25, 1924(1924-05-25) (aged 71).

Southall was interred in Amelia Cemetery, Amelia Court House, Virginia.

Electoral history

  • 1902; Southall was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 90.16% of the vote, defeating Independent R.T. Vaughan and Republican Thomas A. Jones.
  • 1904; Southall was re-elected with 82.85% of the vote, defeating Republican Charles Alexander.


  • United States Congress. "Robert G. Southall (id: S000684)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

 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
Francis R. Lassiter
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