About Robert Rantoul, Jr., U.S. Senator
Robert Rantoul, Jr. (August 13, 1805 – August 7, 1852) was an American politician from Massachusetts.
He was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He attended the common schools and Phillips Andover Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1826. He practiced law in Salem, Massachusetts and moved to South Reading, Massachusetts in 1830, to Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1832, and to Boston, Massachusetts in 1838.
He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1835–1839), the commission to revise the laws of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Board of Education (1837–1842). He was the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts (1846–1849). He was elected in 1850 to the thirty-second Congress. Before his term there began, he was named as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation Robert Charles Winthrop, who had been appointed after the resignation of Daniel Webster and resigned when he failed to win election to a full term. Rantoul served in the Senate from February 1, 1851 to March 4, 1851, and then in the House from March 4, 1851, until his death. He was buried in Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.