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John H. Robinson

Member From: 1887 - 1888

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  • Birth Date: 1857 Birth Place:Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Death Date: 1932
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Emily M. Johns, Martha Johns
  • Children: 17 children
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  • Education: Hampton Normal and Agricultural Insitute (Hampton University) - Graduated 1876
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  • Occupation/Profession: Politician, Effingham House Tavern Operator (Cumberland County)
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
  • Bio: John H. Robinson, born reportedly into slavery in Gloucester County, was a member of the House of Delegates from 1887 to 1888. He graduated from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (later Hampton University) and went on to teach school and practice law. In his term as a member of the House of Delegates, he was particularly focused on issues with relevance to his district comprising the counties of Elizabeth City, James City, Warwick, and York, and the city of Williamsburg. Even after his retirement from politics and teaching he continued working with jobs in banking and life insurance and remained an active member of the Hampton community. Robinson died of pneumonia in his home in Hampton on December 6, 1932.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1887-1888 Elizabeth City, Warwick, James City and York Republican Banks, Currency and Commerce
Chesapeake and Its Tributaries

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