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ROBINSON, William Erigena (1814-1892)

ROBINSON, WILLIAM ERIGENA, a Representative from New York; born in Unagh, near Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, May 6, 1814; attended the classical school in Cookstown and Belfast College in 1834; immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City in November 1836; was graduated from Yale College in 1841; connected for two years with the Yale Law School; engaged in lecturing before literary associations; assistant editor of the New York Tribune in 1843 and its only Washington correspondent, writing under the name of ``Richelieu''; also wrote Washington correspondence for other papers; was admitted to the New York bar in 1854 and practiced law in New York City; appointed by President Lincoln assessor of internal revenue for the third district of New York in 1862; elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); resumed the practice of law; elected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on January 23, 1892; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

National Library of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Papers: 1834-1909. 15 folders.
Papers of the Irish born lawyer, journalist and Congressman William Erigena Robinson of New York. The collection consists for the most part of letters sent to Robinson from a variety of correspondents, largely from the Irish-American community, and reflect his work in promoting the interests of Irish emigrants in the United States, his work as a public speaker on Irish affairs and his political career. Also included are some printed items, largely relating to Robinson's public life and work as a Congressman.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1848-1882. 5 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1882-1886. 42 items in the Septimia Meikleham papers.
Meikleham, a granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, writes regarding bills introduced in Congress to secure her a pension. Finding aid in repository.