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John S. Farrell
Alex Biemeret
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Charles D. Robinson
(1822 -1886)

Mayor Charles D. Robinson
Mayor Charles Robinson 1866,1872

Charles Robinson was born in Marcellus, NY, on October 22, 1822. His father died when Charles was a child, and his mother was left with three children during the trial of pioneer life. His schooling ended when he was twelve years old, but he never stopped learning. He learned the printer's trade and was at one time the foreman of the Buffalo Express.

He came to Green Bay on July 4, 1846, and on August 13 published the first edition of the Advocate.

Charles married Sarah A. Wilcox on December 30, 1846 in Green Bay. They had two children, Randale and Virginia. Sarah died in 1852, two years after the birth of Virginia. Charles married a second time in 1854 to Abbie C. Ballou.

In 1852, he was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin, holding that position two years. After leaving Madison, he formed a partnership with Senator Timothy O. Howe and Captain Charles E. Tyler to carry on a lumbering business. In 1855, the sawmill was burned, and his brother-in-law, David Ballou, of Rhode Island bought out the other owners, and a new firm was formed. The business prospered until the fall of 1859 when the financial crisis of that year forced them to suspend business.

Lumbering in 1876
1876 Lumbering in Green Bay
Neville Public Museum of Brown County

He remained in the newspaper business while also managing the lumbering business. After being in the woods and lumber camps all day, he would come home and write far into the night. He did this until the summer of 1861 when he enlisted in the military. Shortly after the Battle of Bull Run, he was appointed to a place on General King's staff and remained there until they were encamped at Fredricksburg, VA. Here he became so ill he was sent to New York to recover and was confined to his bed for several weeks. It was written that his illness changed his appearance so that his mother failed to recognize him on his return to Green Bay.

In the spring of 1866, he was elected Mayor of Green Bay, and while acting in that capacity, proposed the building of the Green Bay & Lake Pepin Railway. In the fall of 1869, he was nominated for governor by the Democrats and was defeated by General Lucius Fairchild. In 1872, he was again elected mayor. At this time, he urged the building of the Sturgeon Bay Canal and the Milwaukee & Northern Railroad. This office was the last elective position he held. In the summer of 1876, an almost fatal illness attacked him, and he left Green Bay in August to recover in New York.

In 1879, he once more returned to his duties on the Advocate and continued working until 1881. At that time, a blighting illness attacked him and left him an invalid for the remainder of his life.  Charles D. Robinson died September 25, 1886.

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