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ROBINSON, James Sidney, soldier, born in Franklin township, Richland County, Ohio, 14 October, 1827. He was educated in the common schools, edited a newspaper in Kenton, Ohio, and was clerk of the Ohio legislature in 1856-'7. He entered the National army in 1861 as lieutenant in the 4th Ohio regiment, became major of the 82d Ohio infantry, and rose to brigadier-general of volunteers, 12 January, 1865. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, 18 March, 1865. He became commissioner of railroads and telegraphs in Ohio in 1879, was a member of congress in 1881-'5, having been chosen as a Republican, and since 1884 has been secretary of state of Ohio. He was chairman of the Ohio Republican executive committee in 1877-'9.
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