Ezekiel Robinson

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Ezekiel Robinson
Ezekiel Robinson 7th president of Brown.jpg
7th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Alexis Caswell
Succeeded by Elisha Andrews
Personal details
Born (1815-03-23)March 23, 1815
Attleboro, Massachusetts, US
Died June 13, 1894(1894-06-13) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Resting place Mount Hope Cemetery
Rochester, New York, US
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Harriet Richards Parker
Alma mater Brown 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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DEATH OF THE REV. E. G. ROBINSON", 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", New York Times, p. 5, 1872-01-26, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05 
  5. ^ "BROWN'S PRESIDENT RESIGNS", 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