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Robert Murphy Mayo
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 20, 1884
Preceded by George T. Garrison
Succeeded by George T. Garrison
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Northumberland and Westmoreland Counties

In office
1886 – 1889
Preceded by John Luttrell
Succeeded by Benjamin Chambers

In office
1882 – 1883
Preceded by S. B. Burgess
Succeeded by John Luttrell
Personal details
Born (1836-04-28)April 28, 1836
Hague, Virginia
Died March 29, 1896(1896-03-29) (aged 59)
Hague, Virginia
Resting place Tucker Hill, Virginia
Political party Readjuster
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Lexington Law School
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Colonel.png colonel
Unit 47th Virginia Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Robert Murphy Mayo (April 28, 1836 – March 29, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Hague, Virginia, Mayo attended private schools and The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. He was graduated from Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia in 1858. He served as an instructor in mathematics at Mount Pleasant Military Academy, Sing Sing (now Ossining), New York, and later at Virginia Military Institute. He studied law at Lexington Law School in 1858 and 1859.

Mayo served throughout the Civil War in the Confederate States Army, first as major and later as colonel of the 47th Regiment of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hague, VA, in 1865. He then served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1881, 1882, and 1885–1888.

Mayo was presented credentials as a Readjuster Member-elect to the Forty-eighth United States Congress and served from March 4, 1883, to March 20, 1884, when he was succeeded by George T. Garrison, who contested the election. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. He resumed the practice of law upon returning to Virginia. He died in Hague, Virginia on March 29, 1896 and was interred in Yeocomico Cemetery, Tucker Hill, Virginia.


  • Robert Murphy Mayo at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-10-18

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George T. Garrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
George T. Garrison

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