Robert J. Tracewell

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Robert John Tracewell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byJason B. Brown
Succeeded byWilliam T. Zenor
Personal details
Born(1852-05-07)May 7, 1852
Front Royal, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJuly 28, 1922(1922-07-28) (aged 70)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Alma materHanover College

Robert John Tracewell (May 7, 1852 – July 28, 1922) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1895 to 1897.


Born near Front Royal, Virginia, Tracewell moved with his parents to Corydon, Indiana, in 1854. He attended the public schools of Corydon and was graduated from Hanover College in 1874. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Corydon, Indiana.


Tracewell was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

Later career and death

He was appointed by President McKinley as Comptroller of the Treasury and served from March 4, 1897, to June 15, 1914, when he resigned. He moved to Evansville, Indiana, in 1914 and resumed the practice of law.

Tracewell was elected judge of the superior court of Vanderburg County, Indiana, in 1918. Renominated in 1922, but died in Evansville, Indiana, on July 28, 1922, before the election.

He was interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Corydon, Indiana.


  • United States Congress. "Robert J. Tracewell (id: T000340)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by