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Robert SempleRoster ID 3207
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1869|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Robert Semple, Class of 1869. Genealogy: Born- Nov. 12, 1848 in Wilkinson Co. Mississippi. Father- Robert Semple, born Wilkinson Co. MS; Mother- Francina Rosaltha Wade, born West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana; Paternal Grandfather- Capt. Robert Semple, born Burke Co. Pennsylvania, Captain, United States Army; Paternal Grandmother- Isabella Turnbull, born Alabama; Maternal Grandfather- William Center Wade of South Carolina, a lawyer and judge; Maternal Grandmother- Olivia Ruffin Lane, born West Feliciana Parish, LA. Marriage: September 11, 1872 to Sarah Louisa Burruss, daughter of John W. Burruss of near Woodville, Wilkinson Co., MS; Children- 1- Robert; 2- Sarah Burruss; 3- Kate Burruss; 4- Mary Burruss; 5- John Burruss; 6- Louisa Burruss. VMI Record/Other Education: Enrolled at VMI on October 17, 1865, age 17; at the time of his matriculation his parents were living on the "Wyoming" Plantation, Wilkinson Co., MS; Graduated- July 2, 1869 standing 20 in a class of 23. After graduating from VMI he enrolled in the Law School of Washington & Lee University, from which he received a degree in 1870. Career: lawyer, judge, district attorney, politician (New Rhodes, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Death: May 22, 1905, New Orleans, LA. Note about the photograph: This image appears in an newspaper clipping in our files, but the source paper is not identified; presumed to be circa 1880. We do not own the original image.|