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Jonathan Robinson
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
October 10, 1807 – March 3, 1815
Preceded by Israel Smith
Succeeded by Isaac Tichenor
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1756-08-11)August 11, 1756
Hardwick, Massachusetts
Died November 3, 1819(1819-11-03) (aged 63)
Bennington, Vermont
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Fassett Robinson
Children Jonathan Edwards Robinson and Isaac Tichenor Robinson
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

Jonathan Robinson (August 11, 1756 – November 3, 1819) was an American politician, lawyer, and judge from the state of Vermont who served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and a United States Senator.


Robinson was born in Hardwick, Massachusetts. He moved with his family to Bennington, Vermont at the age of five. Robinson did not enter politics until he was about thirty years old, when his brother Moses Robinson became a successful politician.

Jonathan Robinson was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1789.[1] A few years later he decided to study law and passed the bar exam in 1795. He was admitted to the bar in 1796. Immediately after, he became a judge of the Vermont probate court and the town clerk of Bennington. He was a probate judge until 1798.

In 1801, Robinson was appointed to be the chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court,[2] and soon left his positions as state representative and town clerk. He remained the chief justice until 1807, when he gained a position in the United States Senate from Vermont, filling the unexpired term of Israel Smith, who had resigned. Robinson was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1809 and remained a senator until 1815, when he retired after the end of his term.[3] Robinson then served again as a probate judge from 1815 until his death four years later, and served for one more year in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1818.[1]

Family life[edit]

Robinson married Mary Fassett Robinson and they had two children, Jonathan Edwards Robinson and Isaac Tichenor Robinson.[4]

Robinson's brother Moses Robinson served as governor during the Vermont Republic and helped steward Vermont's transition to U.S. statehood.[5]


Robinson died on November 3, 1819 in Bennington, Vermont. He is interred at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ROBINSON, Jonathan, (1756 – 1819)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Robinson, Jonathan (1756–1819)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sen. Jonathan Robinson". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Jonathan Robinson". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Robinson, Moses (1741–1813)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 

External links[edit]

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Israel Smith
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Vermont
Served alongside: Stephen R. Bradley, Dudley Chase
Succeeded by
Isaac Tichenor


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