Robert Goodloe Harper, an American lawyer and statesman, born near Fredericksburg, Va., in 1705, died in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15, 1825. His parents during his childhood removed to Granville, N. C. In his 15th year he joined a troop of horse, and under Gen. Greene served during the latter part of the southern revolutionary campaign. He graduated at Princeton college in 1785, studied law in Charleston, S. C, settled in the interior of the state, and became known by a series of newspaper articles on the proposed change in the state constitution. He was soon after elected to the legislature, and in 1794 to congress, where he supported the administrations of Washington and John Adams, and was regarded as one of the leaders of the federal party. In 1801 ho retired from congress, and, having married a daughter of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, removed to Baltimore. At the Maryland bar he attained great eminence, and was associated with Joseph Hopkinson as counsel for Judge Chase of the supreme court, when under impeachment, the trial resulting in an acquittal, March 5, 1805. In 1815 he was elected United States senator. In 1819-'20 he visited Europe, and on his return resumed the practice of his profession.
Selections from his writings and speeches were published in Baltimore in 1814.