John Robbins (congressman)

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John Robbins
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Charles J. Ingersoll
Succeeded by William H. Witte
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Henry D. Moore
Succeeded by William Millward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded by Alfred C. Harmer
Succeeded by Alfred C. Harmer
Personal details
Born 1808 (1808)
Bustleton, Pennsylvania
Died April 27, 1880 (1880-04-28) (aged 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Tacy W. Robbins
Alma mater Gunmere Academy
Profession

manufacturer

politician

John Robbins (1808 – April 27, 1880) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life and career[edit]

John Robbins was born in Bustleton, Pennsylvania, (now a part of Philadelphia), near Lower Dublin Township, Pennsylvania. He was a student at the Gunmere Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He moved to Philadelphia in 1836 and engaged in the manufacture of steel. He was a member of the board of commissioners of the district of Kensington, Pennsylvania, and served as president several years.

Political career[edit]

Robbins was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first, Thirty-second congresses, representing the fourth district of Pennsylvania from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853; and to the Thirty-third Congress representing the third district from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1855. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of the Mayor of Philadelphia in 1860. He resumed the steel manufacturing business and held several municipal offices.

Again elected to the Forty-fourth Congress, for the fifth district, Robbins served from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1877; but declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1876.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Robbins was a member of the board of education and served as president for many years, as well as president and director of the Kensington National Bank.[2] He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1880. He is interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

  1. ^ "John Robbins". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ John Robbins. The National Banks of the United States. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles J. Ingersoll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
William H. Witte
Preceded by
Henry D. Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Succeeded by
William Millward
Preceded by
Alfred C. Harmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Succeeded by
Alfred C. Harmer