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ROBINSON, THOMAS HASTINGS, son of William Andrew Robinson and his wife Nancy Cochran, was born January 30, 1828, in North-East township, Erie county, Pa. He entered Oberlin College, Lorain county, Ohio, in 1846, having prepared in the preparatory department of the same institution, and graduated in 1850, pursuing the full course. During his college vacations he taught in public and select schools, and, for a year or more after his graduation, he was principal of the academy at Ashtabula, Ohio, and, for six months, principal of the Normal School at Farmington, in that State. He entered the Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pa., in 1851, graduating in April, 1854. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Ohio, June 13, 1854, and, in July following, was called to the colleague pastorate of what is now known as the Market Square Presbyterian church, at Harrisburg, Pa., as an associate with the Rev. William R. DeWitt, D. D. He began his ministration in October, 1854, and was ordained and installed on the 21st of January, 1855, by the Presbytery of Harrisburg. After the withdrawal of the Rev. Dr. DeWitt, in 1864, and his decease, in 1867, he continued in sole charge of the church until his resignation, in 1884. He was moderator of the Synod of Pennsylvania (N. S.), in 1861; stated clerk of the Synod of Harrisburg, 1870-82, and stated clerk of the Synod of Pennsylvania, 1882-1883, when he resigned, and also his thirty years' pastorate of the Market Square church, Harrisburg, to accept the professorship of sacred rhetoric, church government, and pastoral theology, in the Western Theological Seminary, at Allegheny, into which office he was inducted April 16, 1884. He was a director of the seminary from 1874 to 1884, and was a trustee of Princeton College from 1875 to 1885. Resides in Allegheny City. Rev. Dr. Robinson married, in 1856, Mary Wolf Buehler, daughter of Henry Buehler and Anna Margaretta, only daughter of Governor Wolf, of Pennsylvania.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 11 June 2001

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