Robinson, George Foster

Active 1865
Active 1947

Biographical notes:

George Foster Robinson (1832-1907), Sergeant of Co. B. of the 8th Regiment of Maine Infantry. On the night of Apr. 14, Robinson, then a convalescent patient of Douglas Hospital in Washington, D.C., detailed as an attending nurse to William H. Seward, thwarted the assassintaion attempt on the Secretary of State. Robinson was discharged from the Army on May 19, 1865, and in June was appointed a clerk in the Treasury Department. In January of 1869 he was appointed a clerk in the Quartermaster General's Office of the War Department. In 1871, following an appeal from Maine legislature, Robinson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and $5,000 in cash. In June of 1879, he was appointed Paymaster with the rank of Major. In 1880s Robinson was stationed at San Antonio, Fort Brown (Tex), Fort Union (N.M.), and El Paso (Tex.). He retired from the army in August of 1896 and soon moved to Pomona, Calif. Robinson died of pneumonia in 1907 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His son, Edmund C. Robinson, an horticulturist was the board of directors of Indian Hill Citrus Association, until his retirement in the fall of 1944. His other son, George Prentiss Robinson, was a civil engineer.

From the description of George Foster Robinson papers, 1865-1947 (bulk 1865-1885) (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 84653522


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