John Staniford Robinson

Gov. John Staniford Robinson

Vermont

Term(s)
October 1, 1853 - October 13, 1854

Born
November 10, 2019

Passed
April 24, 1860

Party
Democrat

School(s)
Williams College

Birth State
Vermont

Family:
Married Juliette Staniford Robinson

BIO

JOHN STANIFORD ROBINSON was born in Bennington, Vermont. He graduated from Williams College in 1824 and was admitted to the Vermont Bar three years later. He opened his own law office in Bennington and continued to practice law until his death. He served in both the state House and Senate and made two unsuccessful campaigns for governor before his final campaign. Because he failed to receive a majority of the popular vote against his Whig and Abolitionist opponents, the decision of who would become governor was left to the state legislature, which after twenty-six ballots chose Robinson in large part because abolitionists gave their votes to him. In 1860 Robinson was elected chairman of the Vermont delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he died of a stroke. His remains were taken to Bennington.

Source

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 8. New York: James T. White & Company.

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