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Robert P Fleming

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Portrait: Courtesy, Lycoming County Law Association




Session Office Position District Party
1839 12 Democrat
1841 12 Democrat
 Counties   Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland


1801 - 1874

Robert P Fleming claims ancestral ties to one of Pennsylvania’s fabled colonial families.  Born May 21, 1801 (or May 12, 1801) near Lock Haven, the son of John Fleming, Robert studied law and was admitted to the Lycoming County bar in 1827. As a trial Lawyer, Fleming’s most sensational trial was as defense attorney for John Earls at the February term, 1836, (Lycoming) on the charge of poisoning his wife. He was elected to the state Senate in 1836, a member of the Constitutional Convention 1837-38; re-elected to the Senate for a second term in 1840.  He was the first president of the Lycoming Law Association, 1870.  Fleming married (1) Mary Lloyd and (2) Esther F. Evans.  He died at his home in Williamsport, May 30, 1874, aged 73 years 18 days, and is buried in the family lot in the Washington Boulevard cemetery.
Marshall Anspach, Historical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County, Pa., 1961.