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Robert Grier Stephens Jr. (August 14, 1913 – February 20, 2003) was a United States Representative from Georgia.

Robert Grier Stephens Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Paul Brown
Succeeded by Doug Barnard Jr.
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
1953–1959
Member of the Georgia State Senate
In office
1951–1953
Personal details
Born Robert Grier Stephens Jr.
(1913-08-14)August 14, 1913
Atlanta, Georgia
Died February 20, 2003(2003-02-20) (aged 89)
Athens, Georgia
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Georgia

Stephens was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a great-great nephew of Alexander Stephens, a grandson of Clement Anselm Evans and a distant cousin of 19th-century U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier. Robert Stephens graduated from Boys High School in 1931. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) at Athens and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in 1935, a Masters (M.A.) in 1937 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 1941. During his education at UGA, he attended the University of Hamburg in Germany in 1935 and 1936.

After serving in the United States Army from 1941 through 1946, Stephens joined the UGA faculty. During the Nuremberg trials following World War II, Stephens served on the staff of Robert H. Jackson, the United States Supreme Court Justice that served as the chief prosecutor for the United States during the trials. Stephens also maintained a private law practice in Athens in addition to serving as city attorney.

In 1951, Stephens was elected to the Georgia Senate and was reelected through 1953 when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. He served in the state House through 1959. He was elected 1960 as a Democrat representing Georgia's 10th congressional district in the 87th United States Congress and won reelection to seven additional terms in that body until he chose not to run for reelection in 1976. During his congressional service, Stephens served as a delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. He died on February 20, 2003 in Athens and was buried in that city's Oconee Hill Cemetery.

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