Born in St. Louis. He began collecting at age 12. Married Marguerite Hamilton June 6, 1922. (She died February 18, 1981.) They had a daughter. Married to Marjorie Owen. (She served as president of CSNS.) Studied banking at Gem City Business College. Worked in banks in Macomb, Illinois, and Tampa, Florida. Employed as sales manager and executive director for hotels. Director of Clearwater Chamber of Commerce convention bureau. Retired in 1975.
Founder and first president of Florida United Numismatists (FUN) in 1955. Founder of the Tampa Coin Club. He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1986 and ANA Farran Zerbe Award in 1993. This was followed by the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 1995, Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and Numismatist of the Year in 1998.
His 100th birthday was celebrated at the Portland ANA convention. In 2000 he was inducted into the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.
Author of 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Mementos and Memorabilia published in 1994. He attended the fair.
He died in Des Moines, Iowa.
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1904 St. Louis World's Fair Mementos and Memorabilia by Robert L. Hendershott. This is an in-copyright publication. "Snippet" results will appear in the Newman Portal search results.