WICKLIFFE, Robert Charles (1874-1912)

WICKLIFFE, ROBERT CHARLES, (grandson of Charles Anderson Wickliffe and cousin of John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Bardstown, Ky., May 1, 1874, while his parents were on a visit to relatives in that State; attended the public schools of St. Francisville, La.; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1895 and from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, La., in 1897; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in St. Francisville, La.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1898; enlisted as a private in Company E, First Regiment, Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War; was mustered out of the service in October 1898; returned to West Feliciana Parish; district attorney of the twenty-fourth judicial district of Louisiana 1902-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until June 11, 1912, when he was killed while crossing a railroad bridge in Washington, D.C.; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1895, 1 letter.
Typed copy of a letter from Robert C. Wickliffe to an "S. McC. Lawrason" of Louisiana. Writing from Shelbyville, Ky., Wickliffe describes the illness, death, and funeral of his father, Robert C. Wickliffe, who died while visiting relatives in Kentucky. Unable to find his father's will among his personal effects in Kentucky, Wickliffe asks Lawrason to assist in looking for the will at the home of relatives in Louisiana.

Papers: In the Wickliffe Family Papers, ca. 1897-1912, 0.3 linear foot.
Chiefly official papers of Robert C. Wickliffe for 1912. Items consist largely of letters to constituents, speeches, and bills. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and letters of condolence regarding Wickliffe's death. Memorial addresses presented by members of the U. S. House of Representatives at the time of his death comprise the printed volume. Also included is a photograph of Lydia Wickliffe and a campaign card with Robert C.'s picture, taken around the time of their marriage.