Robert Roberts Hitt (January 16, 1834 September 20, 1906) was an American diplomat and Republican politician from Illinois. He served briefly as assistant secretary of state in the short-lived administration of James A. Garfield but resigned alongside Secretary of State James G. Blaine after Garfield's assassination in 1881. He returned to Washington to represent Northwestern Illinois in the United States House of Representatives from 1882 to his death. After 1885, he was the senior Republican on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which he chaired from 1889 to 1891 and 1895 until his death in 1906.

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Robert Roberts Hitt
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1903  September 20, 1906
Preceded byVespasian Warner
Succeeded byFrank Orren Lowden
Constituency13th district
In office
March 3, 1895  March 4, 1903
Preceded byHamilton K. Wheeler
Succeeded byHenry Sherman Boutell
Constituency9th district
In office
March 3, 1883  March 4, 1895
Preceded byThomas J. Henderson
Succeeded byEdward D. Cooke
Constituency6th district
In office
December 4, 1882  March 3, 1883
Preceded byRobert M. A. Hawk
Succeeded byReuben Ellwood
Constituency5th district
13th United States Assistant Secretary of State
In office
May 4, 1881  December 19, 1881
PresidentJames A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Preceded byJohn Hay
Succeeded byJ.C. Bancroft Davis
Personal details
Born(1834-01-16)January 16, 1834
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 20, 1906(1906-09-20) (aged 72)
Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenR. S. Reynolds Hitt
ProfessionSecretary, politician
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