The Seattle Daily Times
Wednesday Evening, February 1, 1922
Page 8, Column 2
R.C. Saunders Is Dead
Former U.S. Attorney Dies In St. Louis
Heavy Strain of War Work While in Office Breaks Down Health of Seattle Man
Arrangements were being perfected today to bring to Seattle for interment the body of former United States District Attorney Robert C. Saunders, who died last night in St. Louis after an illness that incapacitated him for more than a year. Details of the funeral will not be completed until the family is further advised by St. Louis relatives.
Mr. Saunders served as District Attorney from 1917 until last fall, bearing the heavy strain of the war work that fell to that office. His general health becoming seriously impaired under the tax he was imposing upon his physical strength and nervous energy. Mr. Saunders asked to be relieved of his duties as soon as the Republican national administration began functioning in Washington, D.C., but he was kept at his post until the middle of last November.
After leaving the federal service Mr. Saunders attempted to resume private practice with his old law partner, Israel Nelson, reestablishing the firm of Saunders & Nelson in the Central Building. His physical condition, however, prevented much activity and finally he was ordered by his physicians to rest. With his wide acquaintanceship in Seattle and Western Washington, Mr. Saunders found it impossible to dissociate his mind from business affairs and to refuse to give heed to some of the demands made upon his time.
Went East to Rest
To get away from these importunities Mr. Saunders in late November went to St. Louis to visit his old home and to rest. There he has been spending his time with two brothers, Walter H. Saunders, a prominent member of the Missouri bar and Dr. Edward W. Saunders, a well-known physician of St. Louis and with his son, Edward Watt Saunders, a student in a St. Louis medical college. These relatives were with him at the time of his death last evening.
Mr. Saunders’ home in Seattle was at 2003 Franklin Avenue, where his widow and six children, Robert Chancellor Jr., Eugene Davis, Richard Terrell, Virginia, Nannie Monk and Alice Cary Saunders, now reside. Another son, John M. Saunders, a Rhodes Scholar who recently married the daughter of Major Rupert Hughes, now lives in Los Angeles.
Born in Virginia
Mr. Saunders and Miss Nannie Monk of Maine were married in Pine County, Minnesota, October 17, 1895. He was born in Campbell County, Virginia, December 24, 1864 and was the son of a Confederate soldier. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Mr. Saunders practiced law in St. Louis until 1890 when he moved to Minnesota, remaining in that state until 1907 when he came to Seattle. A staunch Democrat he was always a prominent figure in state politics and when appointed United States District Attorney in 1917 he was Chairman of the State Board of Law Examiners.
During the conflict with Germany, Mr. Saunders entered actively into war work and was the first President of the Parents’ Association of Washington Soldiers and Sailors, formed in 1918 by father of the men in the university Ambulance Corps, Nos. 571 and 572 and gave freely of his spare time to all patriotic drives. He was a member of St. John’s Lodge, F. & A.M.
Mr. Saunders’ law partner for twelve years, Israel Nelson, is in Kansas attending the funeral of a near relative.