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ROBINSON, Ezekiel Gilman, educator, born in Attleborough, Massachusetts, 23 March, 1815. He was graduated at Brown in 1838, and at Newton theological seminary in 1842. From 1842 till 1845 he was pastor of the Baptist church in Norfolk, Virginia, during which period he served for one year, by permission of his church, as chaplain at the University of Virginia. After a short pastorate in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he became in 1846 professor of biblical interpretation in Western theological seminary, Covington, Kentucky In 1850 he was chosen pastor of the Ninth street Baptist church, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1853 he was elected professor of theology in Rochester theological seminary, and in 1860 he was made its president. In 1872 he resigned his place at Rochester to become president of Brown university, which office he still (1888) holds. Under his administration this college has advanced its already high reputation. Dr. Robinson is preeminently a teacher, broad and full in his scholarship, stimulating and inspiring in his methods. While he is faithful to his special educational work, his high reputation as a preacher and lecturer has kept him much in the pulpit and on the platform. He has been a trustee of Vassar college from its foundation, and received the honorary degrees of D. D, and LL.D. from Brown in 1853 and 1872 respectively. Dr. Robinson's published writings consist chiefly of sermons, addresses, and review articles. For several years he was editor of the " Christian Review." His books include a revised translation of Neander's "Planting and Training of the Church " (New York, 1865): "Yale Lectures on Preaching" (1883) ; and " Principles and Practice of Morality" (Boston, 1888).
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