Robert Todd Lytle


Robert Todd Lytle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 10, 1834
Preceded byJames Findlay
In office
December 27, 1834 – March 3, 1835
Succeeded byBellamy Storer
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hamilton County district
In office
December 1, 1828 – December 6, 1829
Preceded byElijah Hayward
John C. Short
Peter Bell
Succeeded bySamuel Reese
Alexander Duncan
David T. Disney
George Graham
Personal details
BornMay 19, 1804
Williamsburg, Ohio
DiedDecember 22, 1839 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Haines
ChildrenWilliam, Josephine, Elizabeth Haines

Robert Todd Lytle (May 19, 1804 – December 22, 1839) was a politician who represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives from 1833 to 1835.

Lytle was born in Williamsburg, Ohio, a nephew of John Rowan. He attended the uncommon schools and Cincinnati College, and studied law in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was admitted to the bar in 1824. He commenced the practice of his profession in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Married Elizabeth Haines of New Jersey November 30, 1825. They had a son William Haines Lytle, and two daughters, Josephine R., and Elizabeth Haines Lytle.[1]

He was elected county prosecuting attorney, and a member of the State house of representatives in 1828 and 1829. He was then elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1833, until March 10, 1834, when he resigned. He was subsequently reelected to fill the vacancy caused by his own resignation and served from December 27, 1834, to March 3, 1835.

After running as an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress, Lytle resumed his law practice, focusing principally on real estate law. Lytle was an opponent of free black men and encouraged mob attacks against African Americans in Cincinnati. In 1836 he led rally that encouraged violence against African Americans, stating to the crowd that they should "castrate the men and _________ the women!" He served as Surveyor General of the Northwest Territory in 1834-1838,[2] and major general of Ohio Militia in 1838.

Lytle died in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 22, 1839. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.


  1. ^ Lytle, William Haines (1894). Venable, William H. (ed.). Poems of William Haines Lytle. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company. p. 4.
  2. ^ Greve, Charles Theodore (1904). Centennial history of Cincinnati and representative citizens. 1. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company. p. 673.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Findlay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Bellamy Storer