Biography of Samuel M. Robinson
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

SAMUEL M. ROBINSON, There are men who, by marked business ability, unwearying energy and great success, command them selves to public attention. To this class, Samuel M. Robinson, of Hovey township, justly belongs. He is a son of Elisha and Elizabeth (Roher) Robinson, and was born on the old homestead farm in Hovey township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1830, The Robinson family is of English descent, and the progenitor of the American branch of the family was one of the celebrated Pilgrim Fathers, who came over in the Mayflower. One of his descendants, Andrew Robinson (grandfather), married and reared a family, of whom one son was Elisha Robinson (father), who was born in Windham, Connecticut, December 4, 1791. In 1814 be settled in Hovey township, on the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch, He was a tanner by trade, a democrat in politics, and died October 17, 1874 (see sketch of W. B. Robinson, of Kittanning).

Samuel W. Robinson was reared on the farm on which he was born, and on which he has always resided. He received a good commonschool and practical business education, and learned the trade of tanner with his father. He was actively engaged in the tanning business for twenty years, and at the end of that time embarked in the oil business in Armstrong and adjoining counties. As an oil operator and producer, he has been remarkably successful. Beside the home farm of one hundred and forty five acres, to which he gives his personal attention, and upon which he built, in 1875, one of the finest brick dwellings in the county, he owns another well improved and highly productive farm of two hundred and eight acres of land in Butler county. In addition to farming, Mr. Robinson deals, to some extent, in stock, and frequently sends fat cattle to the eastern markets.

On September 13, 1860, he married Emma L. Prosser, daughter of Charles Prosser, of Butler county. To their nnion have been born 7 children, of whom four are living, three sons and one daughter; Charles P., of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Harvard college and law school, and a member of the Allegheny county bar; Elizabeth R., Paul D. and Frederick A.

Samuel M. Robinson is a democrat in politics, and has held all the offices of Hovey township. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church of Foxburg, of which he is senior warden. For over a quarter of a century Mr. Robinson has been interested in every industry of any importance in northern Armstrong county, and during that time has projected and carried forward to successful completion several large and intricate business enterprises. He is a tireless worker and a close observer, who familiarizes himself with every detail of his business, which he thus keeps well in hand, and thereby has often escaped heavy losses that otherwise would have overtaken him, Economical but liberal, exacting in business, but generous in charities, Mr. Robinson is justly regarded as a public spirited citizen.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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