Robert Wilson (Missouri)

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Robert Wilson
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
January 17, 1862 – November 13, 1863
Preceded byWaldo P. Johnson
Succeeded byB. Gratz Brown
Member of the Missouri Senate
In office
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 1803
Staunton, Virginia
DiedMay 10, 1870(1870-05-10) (aged 66)
Marshall, Missouri
Political partyUnionist
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge, Teacher
Military service
Branch/serviceMissouri Militia
RankBrigadier General
Battles/warsMormon War

Robert Wilson (November 1803 – May 10, 1870) was a United States Senator from Missouri.


Born near Staunton, Virginia, he moved to Howard County, Missouri in 1820 and taught school. In 1825 he was probate judge of Howard County and was clerk of the circuit and county courts from 1829 to 1840. In 1837 he was appointed brigadier general of the State forces and served during the so-called Mormon War. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1840. Wilson moved to Huntsville, Missouri and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1844; in 1852 he moved to Andrew County, Missouri and in 1854 was a member of the Missouri Senate.

In 1861, Wilson was a Union delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention (1861-63) called to determine the attitude on secession in 1861 and was elected vice president of the convention, later acting as president. He was appointed as a Unionist to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of Waldo P. Johnson and served from January 17, 1862, to November 13, 1863, when a successor was elected. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and in 1870 he died in Marshall, Missouri. Interment was in Mount Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Robert Wilson (id: W000609)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-28
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Waldo P. Johnson
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
January 17, 1862 – November 13, 1863
Served alongside: John B. Henderson
Succeeded by
B. Gratz Brown