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ROBBINS, Francis Le Baron, clergyman, born in Camillus, Onondaga County, New York, 2 May, 1830. He was graduated at Williams in 1854, studied theology at Auburn seminary, and in 1860 was ordained to the ministry and installed as pastor of a Presbyterian church in Philadelphia. He founded the Oxford Presbyterian church in that city, which was dedicated in 1869, and became the pastor, resigning the office in 1883. During his pastorate the church edifice, one of the handsomest in the city, and which had been constructed through his efforts, was destroyed by fire. Through Dr. Robbins's efforts a new building was erected. After resigning he travelled extensively in Europe, and on his return took up the work of founding a, church in Kensington, the centre of the manufacturing district of Philadelphia. In this he succeeded, and in 1886 the Beacon Presbyterian church was dedicated. Connected with it is a reading-room, and a hall where lectures on travel, art, sanitation, and other popular and timely themes are delivered, and class-rooms for instruction in mechanical arts, music, drawing, oratory, and && dispensary, in which more than 3,000 patients received free medical attention in 1887. He has received from Union college the degree of D. D.
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