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John S. Robinson Papers

Identifier: mss-800

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small amount of correspondence and several legal documents. It does not document Robinson's work as an elected official. Some of the correspondence has been transcribed.


  • 1812-1858


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

John Staniford Robinson was born in Bennington in 1804 to Nathan Robinson (1772-1812) and Jerusha (Staniford) Robinson (1781-1844). John was the grandson of former Vermont Governor and US Senator from Vermont, Moses Robinson (1741-1813, Governor 1789-1790, Senator 1791-1796) John graduated from Williams College in 1824 and studied law. He was to the bar in 1827 and worked as an attorney. He served in the Vermont House (1832-1833) and Vermont Senate (1838-1839). Robinson was a Democrat and was part of the Free Soil movement. He was elected Governor through the Legislature in 1853 as no candidate received an electoral majority. In 1847, he married Juliette Staniford Robinson (1810-1902). John died in 1860 while attending the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains an assortment of letters and legal papers, mostly connected with the Robinson family of Bennington, Vermont. John S. Robinson was the 22nd governor of Vermont.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the John S. Robinson Papers
2018 July
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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