Born: January 24, 1833, Washington, DC.
Died: June 20, 1891, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Buried: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Born Robert Griffin, he lost both his parents in a carriage accident when he was an infant. He was adopted by his mother’s sister, Mary Ann King, and her husband, Samuel Johnson Staples and he was given the name Robert Griffin Staples. He was the husband of Annie Maria Fowler.
During the American civil war, he served in the Union Army of the Potomac as a captain, then major, in the Quartermaster Department. His army service was remembered the rest of his life: More than one obituary referred to him as
After the war, Staples was chief clerk in the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, until the second term of president Ulysses S. Grant (1873), when he became postmaster of Portsmouth, a position he held eight years.