Delegate of U.S. Christian Commission.
1865-6, Principal of High School, Ansonia, Conn.
1866, In oil region, Pennsylvania.
1867, Taught in Classical and Commercial School, Stamford, Conn.
1867-9, Principal and teacher of Natural Science in Spring Valley Academy,
1869-72, Engaged in oil business in Pennsylvania.
1873, President and General Manager of the Robinson Electric Railway Signal
1975-81, Engaged in business in Boston, Mass.
1878, Organized the Union Electric Signal Company.
1879-80, Traveled in Europe, Egypt, and Palestine for fifteen months.
Inventor of the Robinson Electric Railway Signal System, of the Robinson
Radial Railway Truck, and a Repeating Telephone.
"Have nothing to regret in my choice of a profession, that of mechanical
and electrical engineering. Thirty year ago invented and patented the
automatic electric and electro-pneumatic signal systems now in extensive use on
the leading railroads in this and foreign countries, notably covering the four
tracks on the Pennsylvania Railroad between Jersey City and Philadelphia, and
beyond; also embodying the automatic signal systems in the New York Subway, and
on the Boston Elevated Railway. Since the expiration of my basic patents
all the Signal Companies are putting forward the Robinson Signal System.
Have for some time been engaged upon the problems of inventing means, simple and
efficient, for rendering the third rail safe for converting steam into electric
railroads, that is, safe in running through the open country, with the third
rail on the surface. Think the problem is fully solved. Am receiving
allowances of a number of valuable patents covering the system. Am now
seeking to secure foreign patents in same."
Address: 255 Macon Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Source: History of Class
of 1865 Wesleyan University, Fortieth Reunion, Middletown
Connecticut, June 27, 1905.