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Charles Kingsley Robinson
Class of: 1860

The subject of this sketch, formerly Mayor of the city of Oakland, was born in Mount Morris, Livingston County, New York, January 16, 1835. At the age of three years he was taken by his parents to Michigan, who were among the organizers of Genesee County in that state. Having resided on the farm with his parents until he became seventeen years old, he then entered the Albion Seminary, Michigan, where he passed two years; he subsequently spent two years at Oberlin, and afterwards entered Antioch College, then under the famous Professor Horace Mann.  From this seat of learning Mr. Robinson graduated in the literary department in June, 1857. He now essayed the difficult task of "teaching the young idea how shoot," and taught school for one year, after which he went to Detroit and studied law in the office of Howard, Bishop & Holbrook for a twelvemonth, thereafter taking a regular course in the Ann Arbor Law School, from which, in April, 1860, he graduated. Mr. Robinson then located in East Saginaw, Michigan, engaged in the practice of his profession, and resided there fifteen years. In 1861 he was appointed by President Lincoln United States Land Office Receiver, and performed the duties of the office up till the time of the President's death.  He was married in Detroit, Michigan, July 3, 1861, to Miss Carrie M., daughter of Warren Williams of Connecticut, and has had a family of three children, viz.: Charles R. (deceased), Lillie L., and Inez L. - In January, 1866, he opened a banking-house in East Saginaw, under the firm name of C. K. Robinson & Co., he previously, however, having served as Cashier of the First National Bank of that town. He continued his banking-house till 1872, when it was merged into the Second National Bank of East Saginaw with Mr. Robinson as President for one year, from which position he afterwards retired, remaining, however, on the directorate of the bank.  He now concluded to change his location, therefore, after spending two years winding up his business, on January 4, 1875, he started for the sunny slopes of the Pacific.  In the same month he arrived in Oakland, where he since remained, devoting himself chiefly to literary pursuits. In March, 1882, Mr. Robinson was elected to the office of Mayor of the city of Oakland, a distinguished position which he filled with much credit.

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