John Robinson (Virginia)
John Robinson, Jr.
|32nd Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses|
|Preceded by||Sir John Randolph|
|Succeeded by||Peyton Randolph|
|Born||February 3, 1705|
Middlesex County, Virginia
|Died||May 11, 1766 (aged 61)|
|Resting place||Pleasant Hill, King and Queen County, Virginia|
John Robinson, Jr. (February 3, 1705 – May 11, 1766) was a politician and landowner in the British colony of Virginia. Robinson served as Speaker of the House of Burgesses from 1738 until his death, the longest tenure in the history of that office.
Robinson also served as treasurer of the colony from 1738 until his death. After Robinson died, the burgesses discovered that he failed to burn redeemed notes but instead made personal loans exceeding 100,000 pounds from the treasury to his friends, and also failed to deposit funds received by local sheriffs into the Treasury. The resulting scandal was a factor in Virginia politics for years. Robinson's estate was not settled until decades after the end of the American Revolution.
Positions held in the Virginia Colony
- Delegate, Virginia House of Burgesses (1736–1738)
- Speaker of Virginia House of Burgesses (1738–1766)
- Treasurer, Virginia Colony (1738–1766)
- Kukla, pp. 123–128
- Scadding, Henry (1987) . "Biographies". In Armstrong, Frederick H. Toronto of Old. Toronto, Canada: J. Kirk Howard/Dundern Press Limited. p. 376. ISBN 9781550020274.
- Kukla, pp.23–24
- David J. Mays, Edmund Pendleton (Richmond: Virginia State Library 1984 reprint of Harvard University Press edition of 1952), vol. I, p. 190
- Kukla, Jon (1981). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1643–1776. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library. ISBN 0-88490-075-4.
- Bio - a little information on John Robinson.
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