MIERS, Robert Walter, (1848 - 1930)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

MIERS, Robert Walter, a Representative from Indiana; born near Greensburg, Decatur County, Ind., January 27, 1848; attended the common schools; was graduated from the academic department of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1870 and from its law department in 1871; was admitted to the bar in April 1872 and commenced practice in Bloomington, Ind.; prosecuting attorney for the tenth judicial circuit of Indiana 1875-1879; member of the State house of representatives in 1879; member of the board of trustees of Indiana University 1879-1897; appointed judge of the tenth judicial circuit of Indiana in 1883, elected in 1884 and again in 1890, and served until September 1896, when he resigned to become a candidate for Congress; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for secretary of state in 1886 and in 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law; again elected judge of the tenth circuit of Indiana on November 3, 1914, and served until November 22, 1920; continued the practice of law in Bloomington, Ind., until 1928; died while on a visit in Martinsville, Ind., February 20, 1930; interment in Rosehill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind.