Biography of James D. Robinson
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James D. Robinson comes down from a long line of distinguished ancestry, of which he has a place in the sixth generation. He commenced his business life at Bath, and was for many years employed in the store of Jeremiah Robinson on Water street, opposite where is now the Bath Iron Works. He became interested in navigation and was master of the schooners Comet and the Planet, plying as packets between Bath and Boston, for eight years, from which service he acquired the title of captain. Retiring from a seafaring life, in 1840, he entered into business on his own account, which he continued with success; having been a constant owner in shipping, dealer in timber, a half owner in the Parkers Head Ice Company, and holding largely in real estate. Though always inclined to refuse office, he served the city on both boards of the City Government and was twice mayor; was city assessor several years; was a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank from its organization; was vice president of the Sagadahoc Historical Society many years, and was one of the solid men of Bath, of perfect integrity. He died April z8, 1893.

He had been twice married. The first wife was Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Jeremiah Robinson, his employer at the time. His second wife was Caroline Dresser, of Castine, whose father was born at Scarboro. Mrs. Robinson has considerable literary taste and is a member of the school committee of the city. Captain Robinson had two sons and a daughter by his first marriage, and by his second marriage one daughter and a son, W. W. Robinson.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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