John Edward Robinson (bishop)
Birth and family
John was born in Gort, County Galway, Ireland (28 miles north of Limerick). His parentage was English, the son of James and Jane Robinson. John was fatherless at the age of six. He came to the U.S. in 1865. He married Retta Terry on 15 November 1876. They had the following children: Ruth E., Helen E., John F., Bessie E., Flora L. and Muriel E.
John was converted to the Christian faith while a teacher of boys at the 104th St. Methodist Church in New York City. He graduated from Drew Theological Seminary in 1874. He also received a D.D. degree from Albion College in 1902.
Ordained ministry and missionary service
Robinson went to India in 1874 as a missionary. His appointments were as follows: Hyderabad (1874–77), Bangalore (1877–80), and Rangoon, Burma (1880–86). He then became the presiding elder of the Burma District (1884–86). He was appointed to Simla in 1886, but then again as a presiding elder, this time of the Bombay District (1887–96). He was presiding elder then of the Asansol District (1896-00) and the Calcutta District (1900–04).
Robinson also served as the editor of the Burmah Evangelist (1884–87) and of the Indian Witness (1896–1904).
- Lutzweiler, James (1922). Missionary Review of the World. 45. Funk & Wagnalls. p. 330.
BISHOP John Edward Robinson, ... of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died in Bangalore February 16th, aged seventy-three.
- The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. X, p. 61.
- Apostolic Succession Refuted, Rangoon, 1884
- The Rise and Progress of Methodism, 1899
- "Robinson, John Edward" in The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Samuel Macauley Jackson, D.D., LL.D., Editor-in-Chief, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1954, Vol. X, p. 61.
- "ROBINSON, Rev. Bishop John Edward, D.D." in Who's Who in American Methodism, Carl F. Price, Compiler and Editor, New York: E.B. Treat & Co., 1916, p. 186.
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