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Lucius Robinson
New York

Gov. Lucius Robinson

  • January 1, 1877 - January 1, 1880
  • Democrat
  • November 4, 1810
  • March 23, 1891
  • New York
  • Married twice—Eunice Osborn, Mrs. James D. Burt; three children


LUCIUS ROBINSON, the twenty-ninth governor of New York, was born in Windham, New York on November 4, 1810. His education was attained in the New York public schools and at the Delaware Academy in Delhi. He went on to study law, and in 1832 was admitted to the bar. Robinson first entered public service in 1837, serving as the Greene County district attorney. From 1843 to 1847 he served as master of chancery in New York City; and in 1860 was a member of the New York House of Representatives. He also served as the state comptroller from 1862 to 1865, winning reelection in 1876; and was a member of the State Constitutional Committee from 1875 to 1876. Robinson next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 7, 1876. During his tenure, the new capitol at Albany was opened; and the state’s first adult reformatory was founded. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Robinson retired from public service. Governor Lucius Robinson passed away on March 23, 1891, and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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