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ROBINSON, Solon, author, born near Tolland, Connecticut, 21 October, 1803; died in Jacksonville, Florida, 3 November, 1880. He received a common-school education, and began to learn the carpenter's trade at the age of fourteen, but was not strong enough to continue, and turned to peddling and to other means of gaining a living. He early acquired a literary reputation by contributing graphic papers to the Albany "Cultivator," and became a popular writer on agricultural subjects for newspapers and magazines. About 1870 he removed to Jacksonville, Florida. While conducting the agricultural department in the New York "Tribune," he occasionally wrote sketches of New York city life among the poorer classes, which were printed in the local columns. One of these articles attracted popular attention, and was expanded into a book entitled "Hot Corn, or Life Scenes in New York" (New York, 1853), of which 50,000 copies were sold in six months. He was the author also of "How to Live, or Domestic Economy Illustrated" (1860) ; "'Facts for Farmers; also for the Family Circle," which had an extraordinary circulation (1864) ; and "Me-won-i-toc" (1867).
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