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SNODGRASS, Robert, attorney-at-law, Harrisburg, was born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., October 12, 1836. He is a son of Benjamin and Ann Snodgrass, who was pastor of the old Hanover church for many years. In 1843 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Snodgrass removed to Shippensburg, Cumberland county, Pa. Robert received his primary education there, and was prepared for college at Milnwood Academy, Shade Gap, Huntingdon county, Pa. He entered Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., in September, 1854, was admitted to the sophomore class, and was graduated with honor in the class of 1857.

Mr. Snodgrass taught in private families in Maryland and Virginia for two years. In the spring of 1859 he removed to Moorefield, Va., now West Virginia. In the fall of 1860 he was appointed deputy clerk of the county court of Hardy county, which position he filled until the spring of 1862. In the meantime he read law under the direction of J. W. F. Allen, then judge of the Circuit Court of Hardy county. In consequence of the war of the Rebellion he found it impossible for him to remain in the South. He came to Harrisburg in April, 1862, and immediately entered as student of law with J. W. Simonton, now judge. He was admitted to the bar of Dauphin county, May 5, 1863, and has since been continuously in active practice.

Robert Snodgrass was United States commissioner from January, 1867, to November, 1870; prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, for the Middle district, from November, 1870, to January, 1882; and deputy attorney general from that date to May, 1887. Since that time he has been engaged exclusively in the practice of law.

Mr. Snodgrass was made president of the Board of Trade of Harrisburg in February, 1893. He is one of the organizers, and the president of the Hickok [sic] Manufacturing Company, and has served as attorney of the corporation. He is a member of the Masonic order. In politics he is a Republican. He is president of the board of trustees of the Pine Street Presbyterian church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 7 December 2000

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