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ROBERT, Christopher Rhinelander, philanthropist, born in Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, 23 March, 1802" died in Paris, France, 28 October, 1878. His father, Daniel, a physician, practised for several years in the island of Santo Domingo. The son became a merchant's clerk in New York city, and after five years entered business for himself, carrying it on chiefly in New Orleans, Louisiana In 1830 he became head of the firm of Robert and Williams in New York, and he also held the presidency of a large coal and iron company, He retired from business in 1862. Mr. Robert gave large sums to Hamilton college and Auburn theological seminary, but his chief benefactions were to the American college in Constantinople, which was named Robert college in his honor. He gave it $296,000 in his lifetime, and left it $125,000 in his will, besides real estate valued at $40,000.--His wife, Ann Maria, born in New York city, 1 August, 1802; died there, 9 April, 1888, was a daughter of William Shaw, a merchant of New York city. She married Mr. Robert in 1829. accompanied him on his Eastern travels, and aided in the organization and support of numerous orphan asylums, homes for aged colored women, and other religious and philanthropical institutions.
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