Robert Micklethwaite was one of the founding proprietors of the Huddersfield Chronicle newspaper.
He was born in Ripponden, Yorkshire.
In 1850, he co-founded the The Huddersfield Chronicle & West Yorkshire Advertiser newspaper in Huddersfield with John James Skyrme. The partnership was dissolved on 31 May 1852, with Micklethwaite seemingly then moving to run a newspaper in Wakefield.
The 1851 Census recorded him residing on Hebble Terrace, Huddersfield, with his wife Ann (née Tetlow?), their five children, and Ann's mother Hannah. The 1861 Census recorded the family residing on Kirkgate, Wakefield, with seven children — Micklethwaite's occupation is recorded as "news paper proprietor and general printer employing 5 men & 8 apprentices.