Biography of Robert E. Jenkins
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

JENKINS, ROBERT EDWIN. - Born in Clark county, Mo., Feb. 6, 1846. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Rambo) Jenkins. His ancestry is traced to some of the very earliest Pennsylvania families. Mr. Jenkins was brought up as a country boy, living and working on his father's farm. His education was obtained first in the common schools, and later at an academy, which was supplemented by one year in the Illinois College at Jacksonville. Mr. Jenkins had determined to be a lawyer, and he came to Chicago in the fall of 1866, when he entered, and later, graduated from the Union College of Law. He spent a term first in the office of Haines & Story, but later was associated with Mr. Lincoln Clark, register in bankruptcy. It was undoubtedly through this connection, and the knowledge he acquired of bankrupt cases, which led to his association as assignee with so many bankrupt firms Mr. Jenkins has served in that capacity in more than 1,200 cases, and has had millions of dollars under his control. It is a compliment to his ability and accurate business methods to state that these affairs were administered in such a manner that no objections were ever filed to any of his accounts. He was for eight years a member of the firm of Jenkins & Harkness, which ranks among the leading law firms of this city, doing a real estate, corporation, and estate business. He is at present a member of the firm of Jenkins & Longbridge, whose business is of the same general nature. Mr. Jenkins is an active republican, though the only office he ever accepted was as a member of the "reform board" of Cook county commissioners, on which he served for one year, and was chairman of its finance committee. He was a member of the Union Park Congregational church, and an officer therein for more than twenty years, and was ten years is Sunday school superintendent. He now fills the office last named in the South Congregational church. He has been president of the Chicago Congregational club, and was for seven years treasurer of the Chicago Bar Association. During 1892 he was president of the Chicago Law Institute. He was, in 1891, a director in the Union League club; is now a director in the National bank of Illinois, and is one of the trustees of Beloit College. Mr. Jenkins was married Sept. 2, 1869, to Miss Marcia Raymond; has three children living.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
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