Shoemaker, Robert was born on February 1, 1817 in Shoemakertown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard M. and Sarah (Cleaver) Shoemaker.
Master of Arts (honorary), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, 1894.
13 children including Richard M., Thomas E., Benjamin H. Became apprentice in drug store owned by William Scattergood, Philadelphia, 1832, owner of store, 1837-1856. Founded (with his brother Benjamin) Robert Shoemaker & Company, wholesale drug firm, Philadelphia, 1856. Director various insurance companies, banks.
Married Elizabeth Moore, 1837. Married second, Ann Summers, 1858.