James S. Robinson

James Sidney Robinson ( * October 14, 1827 in Mansfield, Ohio; † January 14, 1892 in Kenton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1881 and 1885 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Robinson attended the common schools and worked in the printing trade. Since December 31, 1845, he lived in Kenton, where he moved the newspaper Kenton Republican and published. In 1856 he was employed as Chief Clerk in the management of the House of Representatives from Ohio. During the Civil War, Robinson served as an officer in the army of the Union. He rose to become brigadier general of volunteers and brevet major general. He took part in several battles and campaigns. These included the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded, and the campaign of General William T. Sherman through Georgia and South Carolina. Between 1877 and 1879 Robinson was State Chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio. In 1880 he became railroad and telegraph officer of the state government of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1880 Robinson was the ninth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat George L. Converse on March 4, 1881. After a re-election, he could remain until his resignation on January 12, 1885 in Congress. Between 1885 and 1889 he was the successor of James W. Newman Secretary of State of Ohio. He died on January 14, 1892 in Kenton, where he was also buried.