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Robert Phipps

MAJOR ROBERT J. PHIPPS, oil producer, was born in Clinton township, Venango county, January 24, 1839. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth Lowrie (Whann) Phipps, the former a son of John Phipps, and the latter a daughter of Robert S. Whann, pioneers, respectively, of Clinton and Mineral townships.

Robert J. obtained a common school education in his native township.

After a brief business experience at Franklin and on Oil creek, he enlisted October 14, 1861, as a private in Company H, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served until the close of the war, participating in fifty- six engagements and skirmishes and in every important battle in which the Army of the Potomac was engaged.

He filled every grade in his regiment from private to major, served a year and a half as inspector general of the Second brigade, Second division, cavalry corps, Army of the Potomac, and was brevetted lieutenant colonel near the close of the war upon the recommendation of General Sheridan, "for gallant, efficient, and meritorious services in action."

John M. Phipps Post, G.A.R., at Clintonville is named in honor of his brother, who died at his home in 1862 from exposure incident to military service.

After the close of the war our subject engaged in mercantile pursuits at Franklin, continuing in business at Polk and Parker until 1869, when he returned to Clintonville.

In 1875 he engaged in oil production in the Bullion field, and later in Butler county, where his operations have met with fair success.

Major Phipps was married January 16, 1865, to Miss Hattie A., daughter of Robert Cross, who was elected associate judge of Venango county in 1851. They are the parents of two children: Marshall L., a graduate of Lafayette College in 1887, and a student at law in the office of Lee, Criswell & Hastings, Franklin; and Elizabeth, who died March 11, 1883, at the age of sixteen.

Politically Major Phipps is a Republican, and was a justice of the peace at Clintonville twelve years. He is a member of the Masonic order, the G.A.R., and other fraternal societies, and present colonel commander of Encampment No. 45, Union Veteran Legion.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.

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