FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 740.

          James E. Robinson was born in New Albany, Ind., September 17, 1850, the son of Matthew J. and Elizabeth (Butler) Robinson natives respectively of Indiana and Kentucky. Our subject was reared and educated in his native city. In 1870 he went to Evansville, Ind., mid was employed as clerk and traveling salesman for a dry goods house of that city until 1878. He then came to McLeansboro and engaged in dry goods and general merchandise, and has since continued in it successfully, carrying the largest and best selected stock, and controlling-, the leading trade in his line in the city and county. February 16, 1875, he married Jennie L. Sackett, of Now Albany, Ind. He is one of the live, energetic men of the city, and has been an alderman of it ever since its incorporation. He is a member of the K. of P. and K. of H. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Besides his fine two-story business house (20x120), his residence on the southwest corner of Broadway and Washington is one of the handsomest in the city.

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