Ezekiel Robinson

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Ezekiel Robinson
Ezekiel Robinson 7th president of Brown.jpg
7th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded byAlexis Caswell
Succeeded byElisha Andrews
Personal details
Born(1815-03-23)March 23, 1815
Attleboro, Massachusetts, US
DiedJune 13, 1894(1894-06-13) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Resting placeMount Hope Cemetery
Rochester, New York, US
Spouse(s)Harriet Richards Parker
Alma materBrown University

Ezekiel Gilman Robinson (March 23, 1815 – June 13, 1894) was an American Baptist clergyman, theologian and educator, born at Attleboro, Massachusetts, and educated at Brown University and at Newton Theological Institution.[1] He preached at Norfolk, Virginia, and at Cambridge, Massachusetts, was professor of Hebrew and biblical interpretation in the Western Theological Seminary (Covington, Kentucky), and in 1849 accepted a call to a church in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] Three years later he was appointed professor of theology in Rochester Theological Seminary and in 1868 was made its president.[3] From 1872[4] to 1889[5] he was president of Brown University, and from 1893 to his death he occupied the chair of ethics and apologetics at the University of Chicago. He edited the Christian Review from 1859 to 1864.

Ezekiel Robinson painted by Otto Grundmann

Presidency of Brown[edit]


Some of the highlights of his presidency at Brown include:[6]

  • Held the Chair of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics
  • Erection of the Robinson Library (1878); Slater Hall; Sayles Hall; and an addition to Rhode Island Hall
  • College funds were increased
  • Delivered the baccalaureate sermons
  • He delivered a series of lectures on the History of Intellectual Philosophy and Metaphysical Science in Manning Hall
  • Preached in pulpits across Providence

Selected works[edit]

  • Robinson, Ezekiel G. (1869), Ritualism in the Church of England, Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, OCLC 22999573
  • Robinson, Ezekiel G. (1883), Lectures on Preaching, Delivered to the Students of Theology at Yale College, January and February, 1882, New York: Henry Holt and Company, OCLC 6272765
  • Robinson, Ezekiel G. (1888), Principles and Practice of Morality; or, Ethical Principles Discussed and Applied, Boston: Silver, Burdett and Company, OCLC 3757662
  • Robinson, Ezekiel G. (1894), Christian Theology, Rochester, New York: E.R. Andrews, OCLC 7476068
  • Robinson, Ezekiel G. (1895), Christian Evidences, New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, OCLC 7902059
  • Robinson, Ezekiel G.; Wayland, Herman L.; Johnson, Elias H. (1896), Johnson, Elias H. (ed.), Ezekiel Gilman Robinson; an Autobiography with a Supplement, New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, OCLC 2934923

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DEATH OF THE REV. E. G. ROBINSON", The New York Times, p. 1, 1894-06-14, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05
  2. ^ Mitchell, Martha (1993), "Robinson, Ezekiel Gilman", Encyclopedia Brunoniana, Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University Library, p. 210, OCLC 31085279, retrieved 2009-10-05
  3. ^ Rochester Theological Seminary (1920), General catalogue 1850 to 1920, Rochester, New York: E. R. Andrews Printing Co., p. 27, OCLC 7407942, retrieved 2009-10-05
  4. ^ "The President Elect of Brown University", The New York Times, p. 5, 1872-01-26, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05
  5. ^ "BROWN'S PRESIDENT RESIGNS", The New York Times, p. 5, 1889-03-21, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05
  6. ^ The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. Providence: National Biographical Publishing Company. 1881. p. 273.

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Academic offices
First President of the Rochester Theological Seminary
Succeeded by
Augustus H. Strong
Preceded by
Alexis Caswell
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Elisha Andrews