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John Buchanan Robinson

John Buchanan Robinson

Member of Congress

Class of 1868
  • Member of 45th Congress, 1891-1897 - Pennsylvania(D)



John Buchanan Robinson, a Representative from Pennsylvania, was born in Allegheny City, Pa., on May 23, 1846. He studied with a private tutor at the University of Pittsburgh, and Amherst (Mass.) College. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1864, but resigned to accept an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., from which he was graduated in 1868. He then served in the Navy until he resigned in 1875.

After resigning from the Navy, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1876. After that, he commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1878 he moved to Media, Pa., and continued the practice of law. He was the editor of the Delaware County Gazette in 1881 and 1882. He also was a newspaper correspondent, and the owner of the Media Ledger. He was a member of the State house of representatives 1885-1887 and served in the State senate in 1889. He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896. He was the president of the League of Republican Clubs of Pennsylvania 1891-1897 and a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy in 1893. He also was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1892, 1896, and 1908. From 1900-1904 he was a United States marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania. He resided in Philadelphia, Pa., where he died January 28, 1933. He was interred in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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