Robert Ridgway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
January 27, 1870 – October 16, 1870
Preceded byThomas S. Bocock
Succeeded byRichard T.W. Duke
Personal details
Born(1823-04-21)April 21, 1823
Lynchburg, Virginia
DiedOctober 16, 1870(1870-10-16) (aged 47)
Amherst, Virginia
Political partyWhig (until 1869)
Other political
Conservative (after 1869)
Alma materEmory and Henry College
University of Virginia
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Newspaper Editor

Robert Ridgway (April 21, 1823 – October 16, 1870) was a nineteenth-century congressman, lawyer and editor from Virginia.

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Ridgeway attended Emory and Henry College and graduated from the University of Virginia. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Liberty, Virginia. He was editor of the Bedford Sentinel before he moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1853 and became the editor of the Richmond Whig. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Ridgeway retired to Amherst, Virginia. He was elected a Whig to the United States House of Representatives in 1866, but was not permitted to be seated due to incomplete reconstruction measures. He was later elected a Conservative to the House in 1869, serving from January 1870 until his death on October 16, 1870 in Amherst, Virginia. He was interred in the family cemetery in Amherst.

See also

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas S. Bocock(1)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

January 27, 1870 – October 16, 1870
Succeeded by
Richard T. W. Duke
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for almost nine years before Ridgway succeeded Bocock.