Hitt, Robert R. (Robert Roberts), 1834-1906

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1834-01-16
Death 1906-09-20

Biographical notes:

Illinois stenographer for Lincoln-Douglas debates, diplomat, assistant secretary of state (1881-1882), and U. S. Congressman (1882-1906).

From the description of Letter, ca. 1881-1882. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 748839838

U.S. representative from Illinois.

From the description of Papers of Robert R. Hitt, 1830-1905. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81736307

Biographical Note

  • 1834, Jan. 16: Born, Urbana, Ohio
  • 1837: Family moved to Mt. Morris, Ill.
  • 1855: Graduated from Asbury University, Indiana
  • 1857: Shorthand reporter for lawyers, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1858: Reporter for Chicago Tribune: reports Lincoln-Douglas Debates Official reporter for state of Illinois
  • 1863: Reporter for War Department courts-martial
  • 1865: Reporter for Board of Treaty Commissioners to the Indians
  • 1867 - 1868 : Toured Europe
  • 1871: Secretary to Santo Domingo Commission
  • 1872: Personal secretary for Senator Oliver P. Morton
  • 1874: Married Sallie Reynolds
  • 1874: Appointed secretary to United States Legation, Paris, France
  • 1881: Assistant secretary of state
  • 1882: Elected to Congress
  • 1890: Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 1898: Appointed to committee for Hawaiian Islands government
  • 1902: Regent, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1906: Died, Narragansett Pier, R.I.

From the guide to the Robert R. Hitt Papers, 1830-1906, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Business enterprises--Indiana--Lafayette
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States
  • Indians of North America--Government relations
  • Lincoln--Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • Banks and banking--United States
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Authors
  • Indians of North America--Treaties
  • Law reporting--Illinois--Chicago
  • Railroads--Indiana
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American
  • Political conventions--United States
  • Railroads--Illinois
  • Courts--Illinois--Chicago
  • Railroads--Kentucky
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American--France
  • Political parties--United States
  • Real estate investment--United States
  • Tariff--United States
  • Campaign debates--Illinois

Occupations:

  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Illinois

Places:

  • Cuba (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Illinois (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Illinois (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Hawaii (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Chicago (Ill.) (as recorded)
  • Missouri (as recorded)