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Pennsylvania State Senate

Robert Scott Edmiston



Session Position District Party
1901-1902 23 Republican
1903-1904 23 Republican
1905-1906 23 Republican
1907-1908 23 Republican
 Counties   Bradford, Wyoming


1841 - 1925

Born April 24, 1841, Milan, Bradford County to Joseph and Sarah Edmiston, Robert received a rural education, pursued farming and enlisted as 1st Sgt., Co. H, 57th Regt., PVI, Oct. 22, 1861, three-year service, Army of the Potomac.  He trained at Washington, Alexandria and Fortress Monroe; action at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Charles City Crossroads, Malvern Hill, Bull Run, the Antietam Campaign, and was wounded in the head, Dec. 13, 1862, at the Battle of Fredericksburg (note forehead in photo).  Nearly helpless from his wound, Edmiston “displayed bravery” and helped thwart an enemy advance, earning a brevet promotion from Sgt. to 2d Lt.  Edmiston received a medical discharge on June 23, 1863, and returned to his Bradford County farm.  He was elected to the state House, 1897-1901; and the Senate, 1901-1908.  He married Mary Anthony, 1867; and second, Victoria Thompson, 1890.  The Senator returned to farming until his death on October 24, 1925, in Milan; interred at Tioga Point Cemetery.