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Pennsylvania State Senate

John Buchanan Robinson


Session Position District Party
1889-1890 9 Republican
1891-1892 9 Republican
 Counties   Delaware


1846 - 1933

Born Allegheny City, May 23, 1846 Father William O’Hara Robinson, U.S. Attorney; Grandfather William, member of state legislature, 1840 and first Mayor of Allegheny City.  The Senator graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1868.  Commissioned Lieutenant, circumnavigated globe on flagship Colorado, member of second U.S. party to become audience before Mikado of Japan, (1873) rescued American prisoners in Cuba Commanding Sloop Juniata, served through 1875, resigned and studied law, relocated (1878) in Delaware County, admitted to Philadelphia and Delaware bars. Member of state House, 1884-1888, before entering state Senate.  Elected to 52th Congress (1894); reelected to 54th Congress, president State League of Republican Clubs, 1896; U.S. Marshal, Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Theodore Roosevelt; owner and editor of Media (Delaware County) Record.  He died in 1933.

Resigned November 18, 1891.