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Biographical/Historical Note

James Forbes Robinson was born in Ireland on November 28, 1830, and came to America in 1835. He graduated from Jefferson College in Virginia in 1852 and then settled in Natchez, Mississippi. In 1854 he moved to Chicot County, Arkansas, where in 1857 he married Mary Elizabeth Gaines, daughter of Dr. Richard Gaines. As of 1860 he was a prosperous lawyer in Lake Village. During the Civil War Robinson served as Captain of the Chicot Guards, which became Company G of the Twenty-Third Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States Army. He rose to the rank of Major. His military service includes the battles of Corinth and Iuka in Mississippi, and the defense of Port Hudson in Louisiana. After the Civil War Robinson returned to Chicot County, where he owned and operated a large plantation called Deerfield. He served in the Arkansas General Assembly from Chicot County, 1881-1882. He also served for eight years as the chancellor of the Second Arkansas Chancery District Court. After the death of his first wife, he married Maggie G. Chapman in 1880. Robinson died at his home in 1909.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Chicot County (Ark.)





Resource Type



James Forbes Robinson papers, MG.00099


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

James Forbes Robinson papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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