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Biography of a PA soldier, Henry Robinson

Colonel Henry E. Robinson, son of Frederick and Susan (Hollingsworth) Robinson, was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1851. He attended the public schools until he was fifteen years of age, then attended Washington and Jefferson College until 1867, when he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He was graduated with the class of 1871, second lieutenant, and Assigned to the Fourth Regular United States Infantry. He was promoted first lieutenant in March, 1879; captain, April 4, 1893; major, February 2, 1901, serving in all these grades with his first regular, the Fourth Infantry. His next promotion was lieutenant-colonel of the Twenty-second Regular Infantry, serving until July 28, 1905, when he was commissioned adjutant general of the Military Division of the Atlantic, also of the Department of the Gulf, serving until October 28, 1908, when he was commissioned colonel, and the same day was placed upon the retired list.

During the Spanish-American war, as captain in the Fourth Infantry, he led his company at El Caney and Santiago. In January, 1899, he was ordered to the Philippines to quell the insurrection led by Aguinaldo, and with his company participated in many engagements. In 1902, as lieutenant-colonel of the Twenty-second Regiment, he fought all through the Moro country, serving with distinction. When promoted adjutant general he returned to the United States and assumed his duties as military secretary of the Atlantic Division. He is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to lodge, chapter, and commandery of Knights Templar. He is an Independent in politics.

Source: Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Genealogical and Personal History , John W. Jordan and James Hadden. Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volumes I-II. New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912. Resources

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