Robert A. Kerr was one of Bastrop's leading African American citizens during the late 19th century. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1833, Kerr had an Anglo father and, as a result, received a private education. Kerr arrived in the Bastrop area and took a job with a local grocery store after the Civil War. His political career included an appointment as an alternate delegate for the 1872 Republican National Convention and as an election judge for San Patricio, Refugio, Calhoun and, Victoria counties. Local voters elected Kerr to the 17th Legislature of Texas (1881-82). He also served as a member of the Bastrop School Board in 1893. Kerr and his wife, Sarah, were the second residents of this house, constructed by Prussian immigrant Carl Ludwig Ploeger.