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ROBINS, Thomas, banker, born at South Point, his father's plantation, Worcester county, Maryland, 1 January, 1797; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 April, 1882 He received an academic education in Maryland, and in 1815 removed to Philadelphia, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1852. Mr. Robins was then called to the presidency of the Philadelphia bank, resigning in 1879, having extricated it almost from bankruptcy, and carried it safely through two panics, and leaving it the most prosperous in the city. He held many places of trust, and was at one time president of the common council of Philadelphia. Mr. Robins was the author of "Notes of Travel" (printed privately, Philadelphia, 1873).
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