Charles L. Robinson

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Charles L. Robinson
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1st Governor of Kansas
In office
February 9, 1861 – January 12, 1863
LieutenantJoseph Pomeroy Root
Preceded bySamuel Medary
as Territorial Governor
Succeeded byThomas Carney
Member of the Kansas Senate
In office
1873-1881
Member of the California State Assembly from the 12th district
In office
1851-1852
Personal details
BornJuly 21, 1818
Hardwick, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 17, 1894(1894-08-17) (aged 76)
Lawrence, Kansas
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Whig (1851-1852)
Spouse(s)Sarah Adams; Sara Tappan Doolittle Lawrence
Professiondoctor, newspaper editor, abolitionist

Charles Lawrence Robinson (July 21, 1818 – August 17, 1894) was the first Governor of Kansas. He was very important in creating Lawrence, Kansas.

Life[change | change source]

Massachusetts[change | change source]

Robinson was studied at Hadley and Amherst academies. He also studied at Amherst College. He studied medicine in Woodstock, Vermont, and later in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He got his medical degree at the Berkshire Medical College in Pittsfield in 1843. He practiced medicine in Belchertown, Springfield, and Fitchburg.[1][2]

California[change | change source]

He traveled to California in 1850. In Sacramento, he edited a daily paper called the Settler's and Miner's Tribune. He participated in the riots of 1850 as a supporter of squatter sovereignty. He was seriously wounded. While under indictment for conspiracy and murder, was elected to the California legislature. He was discharged by the court without trial.[2] He represented California's 12th State Assembly district from 1851 to 1852. He married Sara Tappan Doolittle Lawrence in 1851, and they had two children.[1]

Kansas[change | change source]

During Bleeding Kansas, Robinson made many people mad because he supported anti-slavery people. In 1861, he became the first Governor of Kansas.

He was elected to the Kansas State Senate. He served from 1873 to 1881.[3] He was Superintendent of the Haskell Institute from 1887 to 1889. He was regent of the University of Kansas for twelve years.[1]

He died on August 17, 1894. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Charles L. Robinson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Robinson, Charles" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Charles L. Robinson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 September 2012.

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