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Lucius Robinson

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Lucius Robinson
Lucius Robinson (portrait by George Waters).png
Gubernatorial portrait of New York Governor Lucius Robinson.
26th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1877 – December 31, 1879
LieutenantWilliam Dorsheimer
Preceded bySamuel J. Tilden
Succeeded byAlonzo B. Cornell
21st New York State Comptroller
In office
January 1, 1862 – December 31, 1865
GovernorEdwin D. Morgan
Horatio Seymour
Reuben Fenton
Preceded byRobert Denniston
Succeeded byThomas Hillhouse
In office
January 1, 1876 – December 31, 1876
Preceded byNelson K. Hopkins
Succeeded byFrederic P. Olcott
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Chemung County district
In office
January 1, 1860 – December 31, 1861
Preceded byPeter Wintermute
Succeeded byTracy Beadle
Personal details
Born(1810-11-04)November 4, 1810
Windham, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 23, 1891(1891-03-23) (aged 80)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Lucius Robinson (November 4, 1810 – March 23, 1891) was an American lawyer and politician. He was the 26th Governor of New York from 1877 to 1879.


He graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi, New York. Afterwards he studied law in the offices of Erastus Root and Amasa J. Parker, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and began practice in Catskill, New York He was district attorney of Greene County from 1837 to 1840. Then he removed to New York City and became a member of Tammany Hall. He joined the Republican Party when it was founded, and was a member of the New York State Assembly (Chemung Co.) in 1860 and 1861.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1862 to 1865. In 1861, he was elected on the Union ticket nominated by Republicans and War Democrats. In 1863 he was defeated for re-nomination at the Union state convention, but the nominated candidate refused to run, and the Republican State Committee put Robinson back on the ticket, and he was re-elected. After the war he joined the Democratic Party again, and was re-nominated for comptroller on the Democratic ticket, but this time was defeated by the Republican candidate Thomas Hillhouse. After his defeat he resumed the practice of law. In 1871–72 he was a member of the New York State Constitutional Commission.

He was a director of the Erie Railroad, and was acting president of the company while the president, Peter H. Watson, was travelling about Europe. In 1875, he was again elected state comptroller, defeating the Republican candidate, former United States Treasurer Francis E. Spinner. While serving as comptroller, he was elected governor, and was in office from 1877 to 1879, the first governor to serve a three-year term after the amendment to the state constitution in 1874. As governor, he opposed Tammany Hall vigorously, which led the Tammany leader John Kelly to have himself nominated for governor by Tammany Hall at the next election in 1879, with the intention to split the Democratic vote, and so defeat Robinson. This happened, and the Republican candidate Alonzo B. Cornell was elected governor with fewer votes than Robinson and Kelly together. Robinson was a delegate to the 1876 Democratic National Convention and supported Samuel J. Tilden for president.


He died from pneumonia, and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.


  • "Lucius Robinson's Death" (PDF). New York Times. March 24, 1891.
  • Hough, Franklin Benjamin, compiler (1858). The New York Civil List. Weed, Parsons and Co. p. 374.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Index to Politicians: Robinson, K to N". Political Graveyard. Note: this website lists the incorrect death year

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of New York
1876, 1879
Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Peter Wintermute
New York State Senate
Chemung County

Succeeded by
Tracy Beadle
Political offices
Preceded by New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Preceded by New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of New York
Succeeded by
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