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William Stevens Robinson
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1818
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1876
Malden
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Journalist, Abolitionist. By the age of twenty, William Robinson became the publisher of the "Yeoman's Gazette" in Concord, Massachusetts, and later the assistant editor of the Lowell "Courier." He left the "Courier" and took charge of the "Boston Daily Whig" when the Free-soil party was organized. He stayed with the "Boston Daily Whig" until 1849. He returned to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he helped found the "Lowell American." This was a radical antislavery paper which he also edited. When the "Lowell American" failed, he went to work for the "Commonwealth" and the "Boston Telegraph." Using his abilities as a writer and editorialist, he gained influence in the late 1840's and 1850'. He served as secretary of the Free-Soil Convention in Worcester. He was elected to the Massachusetts legislature in 1852-1853, and in 1853 he served as clerk of constitutional convention. Using his pseudonym "Warrington" he wrote letters to the "Springfield Republican" attacking the Know-Nothing Party. The Know-Nothing Party was the anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant party was created after the demise of the Whig Party. Robinson helped develop the Republican Party in Massachusetts and he wrote for the Republican newspapers. He served as secretary of the Republican State Committee from 1863 to 1868. Because of his effective opposition Benjamin Butler, Republican, was not elected as governor of Massachusetts in 1871 and 1872. From 1862 until 1873, he was clerk of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 1875 he published "Manual of Parliamentary Law." A year after his death in 1876, his wife, Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson, published his memoir titled "Warrington" Pen-Portraits: Personal and Political Reminiscenses from 1848 to 1876." This book became a great resource for students and scholars of the time. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson (1825 - 1911)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Osborne Robinson Abbott (1852 - 1926)*
  William Elbridge Robinson (1854 - 1859)*
  Edward Warrington Robinson (1859 - 1904)*
  Edward Warrington Robinson (1859 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 18, 2010
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William Stevens Robinson
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William Stevens Robinson
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