Born: December 2, 1833
Died: April 19, 1887
Plot: Section 42, Lot 61
Robert S. Menamin was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and immigrated to America with his parents when he was 3 years old. His family first settled in Washington D.C. where one of Roberts’s teachers was Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, the famous novelist. A few years later his family moved to Philadelphia.
He began his apprenticeship in the printing trade with T. K. & P. G. Collins. He eventually left for New York where he became a journeyman in his trade. Between 1854 and 1858 he worked in many different cities including Cincinnati, where he worked on the Cincinnati Enquirer. In 1858 he returned to New York and eventually back to Philadelphia where in 1865 he established a printer’s warehouse.
In 1866 Menamin established the Printers Circular, a journal which provided 19th century Philadelphia lithographers with articles about the state of the printing trade. In this year he was also elected a delegate from Providence (R. I.) Typographical Union, No. 33, to the
14th session of the National Union.
Mr. Menamin, a champion of working men’s rights, was one of the most popular and prominent members of his profession and for fifteen years he held the position of secretary for the Pennsylvania Editorial Association, eventually becoming it’s President in 1884.
He was a member of various societies including: The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Knights of Birmingham, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Northwestern Masonic Aid Association, Order of Sparta, Typographical Society, Hibernian Society, Editorial Association, Franklin Institute, Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, Journalists’ Club and Stylus Club.