John S. Robinson (governor)

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John S. Robinson
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22nd Governor of Vermont
In office
October 1853 – October 13, 1854
Lieutenant Jefferson P. Kidder
Preceded by Erastus Fairbanks
Succeeded by Stephen Royce
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1804-11-10)November 10, 1804
Bennington, Vermont
Died April 25, 1860(1860-04-25) (aged 55)
Charleston, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Juliette Staniford Robinson
Profession lawyer

John Staniford Robinson (November 10, 1804 – April 25, 1860) was an American lawyer and the 22nd Governor of Vermont from 1853 to 1854.[1]


Robinson was born in Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont, the son of Nathan Robinson and Jerusha Staniford. He graduated in 1824 from Williams College, studied law and passed the bar in 1827. He was also the grandson of United States Senator Moses Robinson and grandnephew of U.S. Senator Jonathan Robinson. He married Mrs. Juliette Staniford Robinson, widow of William Robinson, in October, 1847. The marriage bore no children.[2]


Robinson opened his own law office in Bennington and continued to practice until his death. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1822 to 1833 and the Vermont Senate from 1838 to 1839.[3]

Robinson's political aspirations were somewhat thwarted by the fracturing of the Democratic Party over slavery. Serving from 1853 to 1854, he was the first Democratic Governor of Vermont and remained the only Democrat elected to the governorship for 110 years. He placed second in the election but was chosen by legislature over first-place finisher, Whig candidate Erastus Fairbanks.[4] The 110 year Republican winning streak ended when Democrat Philip H. Hoff became governor in 1962.[5]


In 1860, while Robinson was serving as chairman of the Vermont delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, he died from apoplexy (a stroke). He is interred at Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.[6]


  1. ^ "John S. Robinson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "John S. Robinson". Find A Grave. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "John S. Robison". Find A Grave. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ John S. Robinson. Encyclopedia, Vermont Biography. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "John S. Robinson". List of Governors, Vermont History & Genealogy. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "John S. Robinson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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